“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It goes both ways – if someone says something unpleasant to you, you have every right to tell them to be quiet. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone believes that they are right. No matter what you say, the other person is likely committed to their beliefs. Try to stay positive, express your own opinion, then move on – don’t engage in a confrontation.
Surround yourself with your happier friends and family. A strong social network is important. If you begin to feel stressed or depressed, don’t isolate yourself – find a friendly face and let their merry mood infect you.
Don’t lose sight of what your body needs during this busy time. Strive to get adequate sleep, make healthy eating choices, exercise to help stress, and surround yourself with a healthy environment by enjoying nature’s seasonal smells, sights, and sounds.
When you are pleasant to others, it’s will be reflected back to you. Equally, when you project anger toward others, this will be mirrored back to you, which may cause anxiety and depression. So, this holiday season, don’t let family drama stress you out. Remember the reason for the season, and enjoy the time that you have together.
This festive season, do what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t or don’t want to do.