The holidays can be a joyful yet stressful season. Many of us find ourselves reflecting on the year, analyzing our current state, and setting goals for the future. Some of us may have experienced a recent loss or encountered a trigger that reminds us of those who are no longer here. Maybe some of you are mentally preparing to submerge yourselves into environments you have purposefully removed yourself from. Furthermore, you may feel isolated due to work obligations and/or distance which separates you from loved ones. All of the above can definitely exacerbate a variety of emotions. Check out a few tips below:
Establish Healthy Boundaries-do not feel obligated to share personal information. This includes your dating status, parenting practices, or lifestyle choices.
Set a time limit-let’s face it, 4 days with the entire family may be too much. Feel free to set a realistic time that leaves you feeling connected and not drained.
Quality Investment -Spend time with those who you truly enjoy. Seek interactions with those who make you feel loved and appreciated.
Check In-identify a person you trust to check in with before, during and/or after. You can even use this person to role play possible scenarios in which you are triggered and identify healthy coping strategies.
Ask For Help-the holiday season can bring on a variety of emotions . If you are experiencing thoughts of harm please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.
Have a safe holiday season!