Something about the holidays puts us all in an idyllic state. We envision harmonious gatherings with family and friends, an abundance of good food, and fond memories. The holiday season, with its nostalgic music, scents, and sounds, seems to immerse us into a euphoria of warm fuzzies. Although this reflects the sentiments of many, we would be remiss to ignore the reality that for some, this time of year is difficult.
Sometimes family gatherings are uncomfortable, financial demands put additional pressure on tight budgets, and current event conversations make us want to run and hide. The holidays seem to magnify all that stands in stark contrast to our ideals. This is why it makes sense to prepare for the possibility of awkward and potentially complicated scenarios beforehand.
This proactive stance encourages us to decide in advance how we will respond when faced with varying challenges during the holiday season. By setting boundaries we choose to be in control of the only thing we can attempt to control: us. For this reason, I am offering a few boundaries to get you through the holiday season.
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