Exhausted from the anticipation of a conversation you haven’t had yet?
Your feelings and well-being should always come first, even if they don’t make sense to anyone else. With that being said, if you don’t feel like you have a holiday event in you: don’t go. If there’s a person you’re dreading seeing or a conversation you’d rather not have, set your personal boundaries ahead of time. Give yourself a time limit of how long you’ll be at the event, create a phrase that will excuse you from an uncomfortable situation, or for those who can’t do it on their own, create a buddy system with a friend or relative to help you walk away when needed. . Either way, check in with yourself before, during, and after the scheduled gathering with these 5 tips. The more you feel aligned with yourself, the better the outcome will be.
Regardless of how you feel about the holidays, it can be a stressful and exhausting season for many of us. So when there is the potential of having a great time, don’t let bad energy ruin that for you. Whether last year’s event was turmoil or drama has recently popped off, set a personal goal that for one moment those feelings can be shelved and revisited at a later time when everyone has less to lose.
Take a Holiday Mental Health Inventory: What holiday event or conversation are you not looking forward to having? Share with a community of people who get it or have been there in the comments below.
Thoughtful commentary on the perils of holiday gatherings; create your own traditions and prioritize your mental health. Remain grounded and focus on the love, joy and spirit of the holiday gathering.