I know the holidays can be a tricky time for some sexual violence survivors, so I’ve decided to dedicate my last blog post to a few tips
- Ask yourself “do I need to go?”– Sometimes seeing biological families can be really difficult and while not everyone has the option to skip that, some of us to have chosen families- like partners, friends, colleagues, etc.
- Organize an event with trusted friends and allies before or after the holidays– This could be a time to debrief and take care of yourself after a tough time or be proactive and enjoy time with folks you love before.
- Connect with trusted folks ahead of time- This person can be someone you schedule a time to chat, text, skype on each day you are with your family. This way you can have something to look forward to at the end of the day.
- Move your body (if that feels good)- Sometimes gentle yoga or a walk around the block in the morning can be a helpful way to relieve some stress for some folks. Remember you know what works better for you, these are just a couple of suggestions 🙂
- Remember you have the right to be seen and feel safe. You matter!
Would love to hear if these would be helpful for anyone or if you have other suggestions.
I hope you can all have a safe and restful holiday season!