Help your loved ones make the most of their holidays
The countdown to the holidays can be stressful. For people dealing with challenges like grief, divorce, or illness, that stress can feel even more intense. They may worry that they’ll ruin the holiday for others by failing to muster enough holiday cheer. They may feel pressure to take on obligations that they’re not quite up for. If your loved one or friend is struggling this holiday season, you can relieve some of their stress by helping them plan an “intentional” holiday—that is, one they spend how they want, not how they think others want them to spend it.
An intentional holiday takes some planning ahead, which has the added benefit of giving people a sense of control over their lives and happiness.1 And being intentional about the holidays can reduce the chances of misunderstandings and hurt feelings, because it means getting people on the same page about what to expect.
Follow these steps to help your friend or loved one create a holiday that works best for them.