Exploring Inner Peace Blog

I will periodically be adding blog posts and tipsheets to help you with your journey. 


8 Ways to Survive Holidays with Negative People 

We all know someone that is hard to be around because of negativity. Maybe they frequently criticize others, gossip, judge, shame people, or belittle those around them. It can be hard to enjoy holiday gatherings when you dread having to interact with their negativity. It may or may not be directed at you, but either way it impacts you. It can have an effect on your mood, your stress level, and even your willingness to show up. So how can you get through the parties or family get-togethers when you know you will have to interact with the scrooge in your life? Here are 8 simple ideas to help you survive.



Maybe you have experienced something traumatic and you are trying to understand why you react and feel the way you do in certain situations. Or maybe you have a friend or family member that often blows up at the drop of a hat or avoids certain situations now and you want a better understanding. One of the first steps to healing trauma is understanding and nurturing those feelings and reactions. When therapists use the term "trauma" it can refer to a number of different events in which a person felt afraid for their safety or someone else's. Many people often think of trauma as abuse, assault, war exposure, and natural disasters. However, there is a wide variation of what could be considered traumatic and it may also include major life events like divorce and loss of a loved one. Children may also experience the death of a pet, moving homes, and living in foster care as traumatic.
Just because a person has experienced something traumatic does not mean they automatically develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every person and situation is unique and there are many different factors that effect how a person will respond after an event. For instance, support can make a great difference in how a person recovers from trauma. This article will help you to understand if someone is still struggling with their trauma and what responses are common.