It’s just a day before Christmas Eve and I’ve been waiting anxiously for the big meltdown. While I have sat through hours of traffic I will never get back and walked through malls in a zombie-like state, this year has been surprisingly uneventful. Yes there has been mini disappointments, annoying incidences, and moments of stomach clenching stress (which may be all that holiday food). But overall, I’ve been able to ride the wave of unpredictability with conscious ease.

Maybe it’s because of my decision this year to take things relatively easily. No need to buy the “perfect” gift. It’s all right if I unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings. And if not everyone is happy this holiday, it won’t kill me. In fact, trying to make everyone happy might.

Or maybe it’s these five top posts that’s helped me pull an invisible armor over my highly sensitive soul. Reading them has taught me to keep up my exercise program to abate holiday stress, soothe myself to avoid emotional eating, and be conscious of what I want to bring into the new year. This is one of my favorite quotes from one of our top posts. “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” – Pema Chodron

It’s still early. And I know I can’t be completely confident yet. But I liked to think that the entirety of this year has given me the tools to cope. And if so, this really will be a happy holiday after all!

10 Quotes to Keep in Mind as You Begin 2012

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – It’s amazing how powerful a single quote can be. These ten will make you see your life in a whole new light and may even inspire change for the new year.

Exercise for Mental Health: Reasons to Start and Reasons to Stop

(Healing Together for Couples) – One thing’s clear. Exercise is great for our mental health. The key, however, is finding the right balance. It’s a great post to motivate you to start exercising as well as provide warning signs if you’re exercising too much.

4 Ways To Soothe Yourself Without Stress Eating

(Weightless) – The stress of the holiday season can push you into emotional eating if you don’t have the right tools to cope. These four are wonderful ways to help you take care, soothe and nurture yourself.

How to Beat Bipolar

(A Moody Marriage) – Surprisingly it’s not being diagnosed with bipolar disorder that’s scary. Read why this blogger says there is a bigger monster out there that could be sabotaging your health and your life.

Do You Take a Holiday Vacation to Enhance Your Well-being and Health?

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – We all think we’re invincible. But everyone needs a holiday. Here’s a great reminder why it’s important to take time for yourself.