Healthy Relationships

Picking Your Battles this Holiday Season

November 20, 2023
Two women having a discussion with coffee cups in their hands.

While the holidays are usually a great time to get together with relatives and other loved ones, the season can also bring its own unique set of challenges—particularly as we rapidly approach another election year. If you’re struggling to navigate tough topics during the holidays, we’ve got the solutions for you.

Manage Your Anxiety

No conversation will go well if we’re already dreading it before it can even begin. Before you get yourself in a room with relatives and friends who may have different opinions than you, prioritize keeping your own anxieties surrounding the holidays in check. That can be as simple as doing some deep breathing exercises right before you walk in the door or taking some extra time to practice mindfulness in the days leading up to the gathering.

It’s Okay to Say No

You might feel obligated to talk to relatives you haven’t seen in a long time. And while it’s great to reconnect with someone after time apart, it’s also okay to set some healthy boundaries about what conversation is appropriate during the holidays. If you find yourself trapped in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, politely excusing yourself is perfectly acceptable.

Focus on the Positives

Remember, the holiday season is one of joy, and even if you don’t get along with everyone in your extended family, there are still plenty of things to look forward to during this time of year. Carve out some time with the people you love, and make sure you give yourself plenty of extra grace as you navigate the stresses of the holidays. 

Whatever you celebrate, Hancock Health wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.