For some people, the holidays are full of merriment and joy. But for others, this time of year can stoke serious stress, stirring feelings of sadness or anxiety, or revving up people-pleasing tendencies. Perhaps you’re the person constantly looking to keep the peace or overextending yourself and your schedule so as not to disappoint others. Amid such competing demands, it’s important to learn how to care for your mental health, and for that reason, setting boundaries during the holidays is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
According to clinical psychologist Carla Marie Manly, PhD, author of