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Choose a go-to support person. Reach out to her/him or others when needed. Plan with a friend to be each-others' go-to
person in times of heightened stress throughout the holidays. Have connections with a support group online for times when your
support person is unavailable.
Carry support with you. A security item (blanket, stuffed animal, worry stone, etc.) can be helpful during stressful events. Having your phone available for games, apps, music, etc., to provide distraction are beneficial as well.
Stop and breathe. Take breaks as needed, reminding yourself often to breathe! If that means frequent bathroom breaks to re-center and ground yourself, then do that. Visit our Grounding Techniques and Relaxation page.
Be prepared to face the food. Many with PTSD have "food issues." Whether it be not eating enough or over-eating, the stress of eating with an audience just heightens the stress involved with meal times.
Get an idea of foods that will be available ahead of time, and bring a back-up plate for yourself if needed.
Sitting at the "kids' table" at gatherings often helps alleviate the social pressures involved with food, as children don't pay attention to how much or to what you are eating.
Don't abandon healthy habits and self-care. It is easy during the hectic holiday season to fall away from self-care practices.
Sleep routines are often disrupted due to attending events or increased anxiety and insomnia. Visit our Sleep Issues and PTSD page for more info.
Making time to focus on yourself is essential! Spend time outdoors if able, get regular exercise as able, take soothing baths, relax with a book when needed. Continue to take care of you! Visit our Self-Care page for more info.
Seek help if you need it. If you find yourself in a position where you are feeling in danger to yourself or others, seek help immediately.
If you feel that you need some extra support, make strategic appointments with your therapist, attend support groups, call a support line: visit our Hotlines and Resources page for more info, and/or utilize online support groups, such as: Women with PTSD United ™ - Support Group.
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