Holiday Survival Tips

Monday, November 21, 2016

If you live in the United States like I do, Thanksgiving is probably the beginning of your busy holiday season.
Here are some tips to help keep you calm and collected during the next few months!

1. Make time for yourself
Between all of the parties and gatherings, make sure to make time for yourself. It's okay to say no. This is a time seen as giving, so give yourself some time.  A good friend will understand. I know that I get invited to a lot of gatherings, and I'm grateful for the invite, but sometimes it's just not possible for me to go to all of them.

2. Set boundaries
Going along with making time for yourself, it's perfectly okay to set boundaries with your friends and family members. It may sound silly, but I'm not a big hugger when it comes to people I'm not close with/don't know. The older I've gotten, I realized that I don't like feeling uncomfortable with people hugging me that I don't have that relationship with. My parents never forced my brother and I to hug people when we were children, so this really stuck with me. It can make for an awkward conversation, but most people I've encountered have been okay with a handshake or a wave if we're 'not there yet' in our relationship.

3. Don't feel obligated to answer personal or controversial questions.
With the election results still buzzing, chances are there might be some awkward conversations at the dinner table. Don't feel obligated to partake if you don't want to. Please don't misunderstand me, I'm all for calm, respectful conversation. However, this election has been unlike any other, and emotions may still be running high. For me, my touchy subject is when I'm asked when my husband and I are having children. I tend to make a joke, and hope the questions subside. If that doesn't work, I politely let them know I'd rather we talk about something else. Then, I asked them a question about themselves as a positive way to redirect the conversation.

4. It's okay to limit your interactions with toxic people
I've gotten some flak for this idea, but I'm not the type of person to associate myself with someone who isn't good for my life in a positive way. Toxic people are very draining to me, and I try to limit the contact I have with them. Usually limited to holidays, or random run ins around town. To me, minimalism and simplicity don't just involve physical items, it also encapsulates simplifying your mental and emotional health.

Be kind to yourselves and take care,

A. Leah


  1. "To me, minimalism and simplicity don't just involve physical items, it also encapsulates simplifying your mental and emotional health." --Yes! I'd love to read more posts on this sort of minimalism.