Keep Your Peace this Holiday Season: 7 Lessons for Better Boundaries

Nov 05, 2020

This time of year is harder for some than it is for others. And even if this is your favorite time of the year, it still comes with its share of problems.

This year, my team and I have worked on a “survival kit” of sorts to help you with boundaries-related issues that come up the most frequently during the holiday season. Inside this guide, you’ll find lessons to offer you encouragement and strategies for addressing difficult issues.

These include:

Don’t Be Stressed or Depressed, Enjoy the Holidays: Some people get the holiday blues every year, whether it's from some bad memories or past experiences that they haven't dealt with, or simply because of the stress. Life can be messy, and in this lesson, Dr. Henry Cloud helps you navigate your feelings while restoring hope for the season.

Addressing and Removing Unsafe People: Whether you feel like a doormat or someone is manipulating you, it's time for a little house cleaning. Here's how it's done.

Codependency, Misplaced Feelings of Care: Learn the difference between being responsible to someone and being responsible for someone. Break the bad habits, and stop rescuing.

The Law of Exposure: Handing Drama, Gossip and Insults: Face an issue with someone rather than engaging in passive-aggressive behaviors that make the problem worse.

How to Have a Difficult Conversation: You can’t control the ultimate outcome, but you can get better at addressing the issues to get the best outcomes. Here are some practical steps to take.

Life is Busy, Take Care of Yourself: Around the holidays, it can be very easy to fall into a pattern of always serving others. Make life-giving choices and find the balance necessary to be the best you.

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