How to Keep Holiday Emotions In Check

The holiday season can be one of the most magical times of the year. There’s so much to enjoy and experience. Unfortunately, for some people, it can also bring a lot of emotions to the surface. Today, I want to share how to keep holiday emotions in check. I’m no expert, but even the most positive environments can be tough, this time of year.

So many experiences can contribute to holiday emotions. Maybe you lost a family member or went through a breakup. If you had another type of trauma, that’s going to make the season more difficult. An important thing to remember is that it’s okay to feel how you feel. Don’t let anyone tell you that your emotions aren’t valid. All that being said, keeping your emotions in check is still important.

How to keep holiday emotions in check
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3 Ways Keep Holiday Emotions In Check

Here are just a few ways you can keep your emotions in order, even with a tough year.

  1. Breathe! Just take a deep breath and remember that you may still be processing the year. That’s okay
  2. Don’t feel the need to go anywhere if you don’t want to. If going to a gathering is triggering for you, just politely decline an invite. There’s no shame in it. Mental health is a huge topic, this time of year.
  3. If you have to deal with confrontation, try not to explode at people. Again, not easy when someone is pushing buttons. I know I’ve had situations where I felt that someone was pushing my buttons. It sucks! The key was to try and keep my feelings level, but state clearly that I was not willing to talk about the subject in question.

This list is very small. I like to give small ones so you can all take what you need and leave the rest. These are just a few things I’ve learned to do, over the years.


The holidays can be tough on anyone. It doesn’t matter if it’s been a good year, a great year, or a crappy one. The stress and mayhem can be too much for even the most patient person. The key is to develop coping strategies and use them.

Personally, I love to journal and meditate. It keeps me centered. What do you think would work well for you, my dear readers?

Let me challenge you. If you find your emotions out of check this season, take a moment to breathe, come back to center, and voice your needs. This entry wasn’t about self-care, but it’s very important. After all, #selfcareisneverselfish! Am I right?

If you want to learn a bit more about self-care, check out my piece titled Self-Care Is Healthcare.

While you’re at it, the Mayo Clinic has a great article from 2020 on coping with the holiday stress! Check this one out 🙂

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