Caring for your relationship during the holidays
Anecdotal evidence suggests that many newer relationships end during the holiday season, partly due to extra stress couples face during the holidays. Couples might also compare their relationships to the “ideal” picture of the season presented in the media, and feel their lives are falling short. Another spike in relationship breakups occurs around Valentine’s Day.
Experts recommend openly discussing expectations and feelings about the holiday season with your partner in order to prevent miscommunication and stress. For example, if your relationship is relatively new, you can decide collaboratively how you would both like to handle gift-giving. You can also discuss your feelings around meeting your significant other’s family (or not), and what such a meeting would mean to both of you.
It’s also important to keep in mind self-care is incredibly important at this time of year. Make sure to make time for exercise, healthy eating, spending time with friends and engaging in hobbies you enjoy.
Kim, TFP counselor, added, “During the holidays it becomes even more important to communicate what you need to your partner. We can forget to take time for our relationship due to all the extra obligations of the season.”
Lindy, TFP counselor, recommended, “Learn boundaries in that it’s OK to say no to holiday gatherings that cause stress.”
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