Next, consider your current emotional state and ask yourself if you typically feel frustrated or aggravated with those around you. It’s a difficult task, but if you are reacting and responding to others differently than you usually do, it’s beneficial to return to your typical emotional state.
When you find yourself stressed, frustrated or aggravated, take a moment for yourself. Taking a break and even removing yourself from challenging situations can reduce conflict and internal turmoil. For example, you can leave the room for a few moments or even go for a walk to reduce negative emotional experiences.
It’s surprising how much you can learn by simply observing those around you.
You may identify individuals who are quick to attack and criticize, seek attention and even avoid conflicts. Additionally, showing compassion to those closest to you can greatly reduce negative interactions with others. Showing compassion and even empathy to friends and family experiencing a difficult time of year is likely to reduce unnecessary conflict during holiday get-togethers.
So remember, as the year draws closer to an end, try to prevent holiday blues associated with poor interactions of those closest to you. When holiday cheer is lacking because relationships have become more challenging, take a moment and reflect on these helpful reminders. If your relationships flourish during these holidays, it is likely your mental health will as well. Be prepared to use your positive coping strategies and be mindful of your own responses around others. Positive relationships and interactions with others begins with you.