The Modern Drunkard Magazine Guide To Surviving The Holidays, particularly this section:
Don’t let the stress overwhelm you.
If you ever feel as if you’re going to freak out, do this little exercise: Stop whatever you’re doing, take a deep breath, then transport yourself to that special place where you are most happy. Raise one hand in the air and affirm to yourself, “I am a good person and deserve to be happy.” Then go ahead and wave your hand a little until you get the bartender’s attention.
That would have been helpful any number of times this winter…