Surviving the Holidays
Morgan Boles, Advocate/Program Coordinator
Now that the turkey is away, the elves and Santa hats have come out to play! With the holiday season upon us we want to take a few minutes to talk about why holidays can be a little bit harder for those who have experienced trauma and abuse.
For trauma survivors, those with PTSD or even Complex-PTSD, holidays can hold numerous challenges. Often times survivors have to interact with either the perpetrators of their abuse or family members who have supported the offender. This can prove to be re-traumatizing or even triggering. Social gatherings can be overstimulating and often overwhelming particularly if family or friends are not respecting the boundaries the survivor has created for their own well-being. Survivors may also have to face increased isolation and loneliness.
Self-Care Strategies for the Holidays
If you find yourself or a loved one facing increased anxiety regarding the upcoming holiday season, take a minute to read thorough some of our tips for getting through those tough moments.
It's ok to put yourself first.
Creating a safety plan for yourself can be really helpful in tackling those moments of the anxiety of traumatic stress. Take some time to sit down and reflect on positive coping mechanisms and grounding techniques that will help in times of panic. It is ok to voice your boundaries. The holidays should be a time of rest and peace for everyone. Take care of yourself and reach out if you need extra support!
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual violence, please know that we are here to help. You are not alone. To learn more about our services or resources in Dade, Walker, or Catoosa Counties in Georgia, please check out our website or call us today.
24 Hour Crisis Line: 706-419-8775