Updated: Jan 29
Extended time with kids for the holidays, end of year work parties & socials, baecationing, at family for Christmas time, more time to spend with friends, more time to spend with yourself... Relational wellness is always important (and can be a challenge at times, like during the festive season!). After all, maintaining these relationships and being part of a supportive community is important for this area of wellness- improving feelings of satisfaction & security, providing help in times of need, fostering personal growth & confidence, and also helping to improve communication skills.
Here are a few things to try to encourage healthy relationships this holiday season:
• Keep expectations realistic - healthy relationships mean accepting people as they are and not trying to change them. Easier said than done, but it's more likely if we aim to set the intention this holiday
• Have clear boundaries! Boundries, much like borders of a country, help individuals to define where one person ends and the other begins. While these are often unspoken in close relationships, it might be helpful to layout clear boundaries - your responsibilities vs the other person's responsibilities - as this helps protect the person's identity, while allowing relationships thrive.
• Don't be afraid to ask for what you need from others.
• Try to listen to other people without judgment or blame, and aim to disagree respectfully
• Maintain somewhat of a routine while keeping flexible. This might include good sleeping patterns, a healthy diet and time for exercise (by yourself or with your friends / family)... activities that promote wellbeing
It takes a balance of courage and vulnerability to have meaningful relationships (thanks Brene Brown 😉). If you struggle with any of these or don't feel like you don't have a sense of connection & belonging and a well developed support system, please reach out. This is an important factor in overall wellbeing.