For many of us, spending time with friends and relatives over the holidays may be challenging. In addition to the love and care we may feel, holiday gatherings can bring up old hurts or expose painful differences. How many celebratory meals have been marred by tense silence or devolved into harsh argument?
Read this article by Oren Jay Sofer to get six useful communciation tips for navigating the holidays. Read more from Oren.
And here's another tip from CNVC Certified Trainer Dian Killian on how to handle a stressful gathering:
"Take time out. If you notice yourself getting stressed, take a moment to step out for some fresh air or into another room. A change of environment can give more space and perspective, and a moment to self-connect and re-group. If you don’t see an easy way to step out of the situation for a break, take a moment to ground yourself. Notice your feet on the floor. Or take three deep breaths (for some reason, somatic coaches say, three is the magic number!)." Read the full post from Dian.
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