I Set Boundaries
While my family and friends may have a lot of fun planned, I make sure I only go to things that feel good for me. I remind myself that I am in control of my calendar and activities, and that just because I'm invited, doesn't mean I have to attend. I also opt out of parts of the holidays that don't make me happy, including things like elaborate gift wrapping, though I have friends whose beautiful packages would in theory put my gift bags and tissue paper to shame. Alcohol is another place that I have to know my limits. While it's tempting to go all out for the holidays, I know that drinking too much takes a toll on me, physically and mentally.