Are you feeling like you’re on a voyage through the often turbulent seas of family gatherings during this Thanksgiving season? It's completely natural. As the holiday season approaches, we can't help but think about the challenges it may bring, particularly when we return home to familiar but sometimes complicated dynamics. 😔
The season of giving thanks can sometimes feel like a journey into uncharted waters, with the pressures of festive preparations and the weight of old expectations. It's perfectly okay to feel overwhelmed. In fact, this is a gentle reminder that it's okay not to be okay, even during a time traditionally hailed as 'the best time of the year'.
At The Lighthouse Retreat and Wellness Center, we recognize the unique struggles that can emerge during this season. Our doors are always open, ready to welcome you. We aim to be the sanctuary where you can unload your burdens and find a glimmer of hope in the midst of it all. 🕯
As you head back to your childhood home, you might encounter a phenomenon psychologists call "regression."
From a psychological perspective, regression refers to a defense mechanism where you revert to behaviors, thoughts, or feelings from a less mature stage of your life.
When returning to your caretakers as an adult, old patterns can resurface. You might find yourself slipping into familiar roles and dynamics, and this can be challenging. The good news is that awareness is the first step towards change.
Setting Healthy Family Boundaries
Here are some tips for setting healthy family boundaries during holidays:
Reflect on Expectations: Take some time to reflect on your expectations and those of your family. Understanding your needs and limits is crucial.
Communicate Openly: Discuss your boundaries with your family members. Explain why these boundaries are essential for your well-being and the quality of your time together.
Be Assertive, Not Aggressive: Assertiveness is key when setting boundaries. You can express your needs and limits firmly but with respect and empathy.
Prioritize Self-Care: During the holidays, make self-care a priority. This includes taking breaks when needed, maintaining healthy routines, and seeking support if you're struggling.
Plan an Exit Strategy: Having a plan to leave the gathering if things become too overwhelming can provide peace of mind and give you control over your experience.
Call us now and Cathy will be right with you as soon as she can.
Let's embark on this journey together. Your feelings are valid, your experiences are real, and you deserve to feel joy this holiday season.