Prevent Violence This Holiday Season
For many, the holiday season can bring unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and increased consumption of alcohol. It may also include increased loneliness, disagreements with friends and family, and the grieving of loved ones. These unique challenges may cause stress and anger, increasing the risk of violence. We want you to have a safe and happy holiday season! Keep these tips in mind:
- Recognize your feelings; it’s okay to be sad or frustrated. You cannot force yourself to be happy just because of a holiday.
- Know that you are NOT alone. Our advocates and counselors are available 24/7 to support you, even on holidays. Reach out if you want or need to.
- Say yes to the things, people, and traditions that make you feel good about yourself.
- Say no to things that overwhelm you. If you are pressed for time and running low on energy, feeling obligated to an activity can be exhausting. Planning ahead for what is most important may help to organize your time.
- Make time for exercise. A brisk walk can clear your head and provide quiet time. Self-care is important.
- Stick to a budget to help reduce financial worries. Figure out how much money you can afford to spend on gifts, decorations, or food before you shop. And remember, it’s the thought that counts.
- It is your right to have your boundaries respected. You also have the responsibility of respecting others’ boundaries. When communicating, be assertive and respectful instead of passive or aggressive.
- Violence of any kind is NEVER okay. We are here to help.
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