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Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season: Avoiding Drama At Holiday Gatherings

Gobble Gobble! It's that time of the year again! Thanksgiving is only a couple days away, which means holiday gatherings with the family will be on and off for {well lets be honest} basically the rest of the year. To help you navigate the seasons, we've put together a few tips for a stress-free holiday season!

While this time of year is filled with joy, love, and delicious food, it can also bring out some drama, especially when relatives come together. Specifically for women, there's already plenty of stress to manage, so it's important to combat the drama that comes with holiday parties and get-togethers.

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1. Identify Expectations: 

Before heading into a holiday get-together, it's important to clarify your expectations. Discuss with your husband what you want from the gathering{s} so that you're both on the same page. Do you want to spend quality time with family members, or do you want to avoid certain individuals? Remember having good healthy boundaries is your right. Once you've identified your expectations, you can make a plan to ensure you achieve them.

2. Communication: 

Effective communication is key to avoiding drama. Be respectful towards others and listen to their opinions. If someone is acting inappropriately or making you feel uncomfortable, don't be afraid to speak up. But, choose your words and tone carefully. Remember, it's not about winning an argument or being right. Instead, it's about expressing yourself in a way that is respectful and heard.

3. Taking Time-Outs: 

Sometimes, it's best to take a step back from a situation that makes you upset. If you feel that you're about to explode with anger or frustration, take a break, and go for a walk outside. Taking time-outs can help you clear your mind and regain your composure. When you return, you'll be better equipped to handle the situation without causing any drama.

4. Budgeting and Organization: 

When it comes to holiday gatherings, it's essential to have a budget and organizational plan in place. Plan ahead, so you're not scrambling to prepare everything last minute. If you're hosting the gathering, set a clear budget, and stick to it. Consider delegating tasks to different family members to spread the workload and make sure everything runs smoothly.

5. Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail:

Another essential step is to be prepared for what's to come IN ADVANCE. Have a family meeting and involve your husband and kids {if necessary} and talk about what kind of event to expect, who will be there, and how to best interact with everyone. 

Also, it never hurts to remind them to be respectful, engage in pleasant conversation and avoid sensitive topics or conversations that can lead to arguments. There is a time and place for everything, but a soapbox is definitely not necessary or wanted at the dinner table.

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Enjoy A Stress-Free Holiday!

Holiday gatherings can be a tremendous source of joy, but they can also bring out the drama that nobody wants. As a person that the rest of the family will look to for guidance and to set the tone, add to the festivities by taking steps to prevent drama and stressful situations. 

Remember, the focus should be on spending time with loved ones and soaking up the holiday magic rather than dealing with drama. We hope these tips help you navigate the upcoming holiday season with grace and ease.

And if you are looking for more tools to help you live your best life AND a community to help support you along the way, join the Revitalized Sisterhood to make the most of your self-development journey. Take care, and happy holidays!
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