Tips for thriving during the holidays

Do you always have great intentions and expectations for family gatherings but end up frustrated, resentful, disappointed? 5 Ways to thrive rather than survive family gatherings:-

  • Be realistic. How can you enjoy the day without having an agenda for success?
  • Simplify, minimise and prepare as much as you can in advance.
  • Make a self-care plan, e.g., when will you rest, be in nature, listen to uplifting music.
  • Take some time to reflect on the positive qualities and/or past positive actions of those who trigger you.
  • To avoid or minimise misunderstandings, flare-ups and arguments take a piece of paper and create 2 columns
    • On the left list or draw challenges triggers and patterns that have come up before or are a strong possibility for your next meeting.
    • On the right list or draw actions, phrases, thoughts to avert a major incident eg
      Smile and count to 10
      Take a long slow exhale
      Leave the room
      Change the topic of conversation
      Remind/reinforce a boundary

If it doesn’t go to plan, be compassionate with yourself. There is a saying – if you think you are enlightened, go spend time with your family! The more realistic you are and the fewer expectations you have, the easier it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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