With the holiday season upon us, many will be celebrating the close of 2017 with family and friends. While this time of year can bring up feelings of joy, love, and connection, it can also be a deeply painful time. For trauma survivors who were harmed by those closest to them, either through intentional violence and abuse or through invalidation and silencing, this time of year can be especially difficult.
If you are feeling overwhelmed this time of year, overcomingsexualabuse.com has provided these tips for surviving the holidays:
- Decide your boundaries beforehand.
- Fill up on love and affirmation before you go.
- Take an ally with you.
- Have an escape plan.
- Remember your healthy coping skills.
- Have a nurturing back-up plan.
For more on these tips, read the full article from overcomingsexualabuse.com.
As you create your self-care plan for getting through the holidays, you may find this guide created by Rape Recovery Center advocates useful. Remember, our crisis line and hospital response team are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer support. Call us at (801)467-7273 to speak with an advocate.