Holiday Stress Relief

Reduce Holiday Stress by Setting Strong Boundaries

For many, breaking the people-pleasing pattern and/or setting assertive boundaries may feel even more difficult to do during the holidays. This is a time in many families of great joy and positivity and can be tension-ridden and complicated for many as well.  You can simultaneously set boundaries and be loving, compassionate, and kind. You can sit with your loved one’s pain, hold space for their reaction, and reiterate how much they mean to you—all while making clear that your boundary is non-negotiable.  It takes a great deal of courage to speak up and alter old ways of relating to others, especially in your family.  Every time you set a boundary, you bring your outer world into alignment with your inner needs. It is a gift that only you can give yourself—and a gift unlike any other. This holiday season, practice setting boundaries in your family to give yourself the gift of...