Many of us love the holiday season and the decorating, gift-giving and all that goes with it. Many of us despise the holiday season because we feel that it is full of greed and things we have to attend. Our past usually is a big factor in how we approach any 'forced' gathering that we are expected to attend.
Here are five simple things that can help you get through the next couple of weeks and hopefully my experiences will help you to be true to yourself without hurting other peoples feelings at the same time.
1) Genuinely Say Thank You to your host or those who give you a gift.
2) Smile & Engage in small talk with those you are comfortable with.
3) Attend the family get-together with boundaries set before hand.
4) Drive yourself to the event (so that if or when things get uncomfortable, you have an escape route)
5) Schedule a day with no where to be - You deserve to let your mind rest during all the chaos of the holiday schedule and you will be better off for resting.
I have a retreat (known as my room) but I also have back-up plans to get out of the house if need be so that I can function.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, just a survivor and I hope my experiences can help you have a holiday season with good memories. We all need good memories to reflect on.
Be a blessing to others in any way you can. Take care of yourself, God only made one of you and you are precious in his sight.
Call 1-800-799-7233 for the Domestic Violence HotLine if you need assistance for your situation this week. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. Please ask for help. You are not alone!