How to Stay Sane During the Holidays

ABC News' Dan Harris, author of "10% Happier," shares tips to ease stress during the holiday season.
5:53 | 12/26/16

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:



Skip to this video now

Now Playing:


Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for How to Stay Sane During the Holidays
full swing as we gear up for the new year it's supposed to be a relaxing time. The holidays can also be very stressful. We're dealing with party planning, financial worries and the ig dignities of traveling. Check it out. ??? It's the most wonderful time of the year ??? Reporter: They call it the most wonderful time of the year. But the holidays can also bring boatloads of stress. Enter meditation. Studies suggest that meditation can lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system and literally rewire your brain and you don't have to sit cross-legged for hours at a time. The co-founder of mindful meditation studio and the author of the "The buddha walks into a bar." Overindulging the holiday season is when Americans gain the most weight during the year, fatty food everywhere -- at parties, at home and at the office. Here at "Good morning America" headquarters we have something called the festivus table. I can't resist the siren call of the festivus table. Here they do some next level snacking. Everywhere. I love chocolate. You look at this and what does it feel like? Stressed out for one. These things right here, an issue. Right now. I'm like, I need them right now. Reporter: The trick for preventing overconsumption is to hit the mental pause button. Just hitting pause cuts through the speedy busyness of my mind. I don't have to act out on every impulse. Stopping and taking a few deep braets can actually work. In through the nose and out through the mouth. Are you ready? In. Out. How do you feel. Feel better already. Reporter: Another tip, when you do decide to eat the cookie, slow down and taste the thing instead of blindly inhaling it. It may allow you to eat less. There's also travel -- We're stressed by how busy it is. Reporter: Tip, when you're freaking out, take a beat and remember three key words -- Just like me. Those magic words allows us to pause, realize that we're all in it together. Reporter: This stuff can sound but trust me this mantra can do the trick But the plans of party planning. I want silly stick. Reporter: Merely watching Laura go shopping with her 5-year-old twins gives me pal paations. How about this? Pink. I'm starting to see how this is stressful. You think. Reporter: First, a quick calming trick for the kids. Jump up and down for a minute. Are you ready? Let's do it. Everyone jump. This kind of checking in helps calm everyone down. What does your heart feel like? Loud. Reporter: I distracted the kids for a moment so he could work with mom to quickly restore sanity in a hectic day. Close the eyes, just feeling the breath. Just as it's flowing through the body. Reporter: There's no silver bullets here. But it can reduce stress during the holidays and all year round. Okay, so Paula asked me a really good question, just to clarify you don't need to do 60 seconds of deep breathing this the store you might want to find somewhere private for that. You can apply mindfulness all throughout your life. Although maybe 60 seconds to pause before we buy something in the store is a good idea. Absolutely. Also, you don't need to carve out a lot of time to do this. No. You don't need -- this doesn't need to be 30, 6"60 minutes" a day. 30 seconds count. Why is wine not included as a stress reliever? There you go. Jump up and down with the wine. I think you can take many approaches. Thank you. For stress reduction. I'm a bad work wife because you've been meditating and speaking its praises for years and I haven't done it. I'm making a new year's resolution. Three tips for making this a resolution, one, don't add it to your list of things to do that further stresses you out, you don't have to make a big deal out of it. 60 seconds. Can make a difference. Second, you don't need a perfect place to do it. You can do it in your bedroom, in your office, in your car as long as you're not driving. Number three, experiment with the time that works for you. And the question, how do you do this? I have some guides up on my podcast. Available on Coming up on the show this

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"duration":"5:53","description":"ABC News' Dan Harris, author of \"10% Happier,\" shares tips to ease stress during the holiday season.","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/GMA","id":"44372159","title":"How to Stay Sane During the Holidays","url":"/GMA/video/stay-sane-holidays-44372159"}