Holidays are often the most difficult time of year for survivors. We are often forced into close proximity to our abusers with little opportunity to express our discomfort because our feelings must be sacrificed for the “greater good” of all involved.
This year, I want to help other survivors have happier, healthier holidays. If you have a strategy for surviving the holidays, or a tip for making them a little easier to endure, please feel free to post.
Six years ago, at Christmas, I started my own tradition – I simply stopped going to see my father. This relationship was toxic, and it was ruining my ability to be a well-adjusted adult. Once I cut off contact, I found that the holidays (and my life in general) are so much better when I am able to chose who I spend them with.