How to Survive the Holiday Season
The holiday season can be an enjoyable time to spend with family but it can also be stressful for many people. The good news is, the following strategies can help you survive the holiday season and help you make it the best one yet.
Spend some time thinking about what situations and which people are likely to trigger a negative emotional response from you. If you cannot avoid these situations or people, have a plan of how you will deal with these emotions.
You could try to:
If you’re a member of a gym/health club, check the opening times over the holidays and use it. Even just going for a walk can give you an emotional break and help ease your nerves. This also has the added bonus of physically removing yourself from the situation.
If you haven’t set any yet, this is the perfect time to think about setting some.
Phone a friend
Get some moral support by phoning a friend. If you have a friend who will be alone during the holiday season, this could also be an opportunity to invite them to share it with you. This has the added bonus of always having moral support on hand and family will be less likely to misbehave around company.
Take some slow deep breaths to calm yourself
Change the conversation
Value your mental health more than your pride. If someone is trying to wind you up, try not to respond emotionally, as this will only feed the exchange. Move on to either another topic or to another conversation partner.
Let go of the past
This can be an extremely hard thing to do. However, there is nothing you can do about the past, it has already happened and cannot be changed. You can either let it torment you and continue to bring negativity into your life or let it go and move forward with your life.
Have something arranged to look forward to. It could be something as simple as getting your nails done, a candle lit bubble bath or night out on the town. Whatever you choose, make it official, book some time for yourself and add it to your calendar.
If you can’t wait for your treat, buy an extra gift for yourself. Wrap it up and give yourself your reward after you have managed to get through a difficult event.
The above tips should give you a better chance of surviving the holiday season. Enjoy yourself and create some good memories.