Surviving the Holidays!

December 23, 2022 | by: Cesar J Segura

Surviving the Holidays!

For many, the Holiday Season is thought of as the best time of year. With Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” or some other classic holiday song playing on the radio most people think of spending time with their loved ones, opening presents, and taking shelter inside from the blistering cold. However, survivors of domestic violence can often have trouble celebrating the holidays for a multitude of reasons. The holiday season can be a reminder of their abuser, their first holiday season without their abuser, or to some a lonely time that makes them idealize the honeymoon periods of their previous relationship. No matter the case, we have put together a survival guide to celebrating the holidays for survivors.

  • Surround yourself with those who support you. Spending time with your support system can create a healthy and healing space for you. Additionally, being around others can provide a sense of belonging quieting any feelings of doubt you may have.
  • Volunteer! Often, giving back to others is a great way to help heal yourself. We all know that warm feeling we get when we help another person out. Volunteering to help others is a great way to help heal yourself and a great distraction (if needed) during this holiday season!
  • Be mindful of your stress level. As we all know, the holiday season is a time with high stress and anxiety. This holiday season, attempt to reduce your stress by practicing self-care over the next couple of weeks.
  • Create a new positive tradition for your holiday season. This tip is simpler than you think! Not every tradition needs to be a grand gesture, something as simple as taking a family walk (weather permitting) can be a great new holiday tradition to start!

Although all times of year can be difficult for survivors of domestic violence for a multitude of reasons. The holidays provide an added level of stress and emotions to the mix. No matter what you do this holiday season, take time to focus on yourself and focus on your healing!

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