[A010] Holiday Showdown: Satisfy Your Relatives or Die Trying

Once you start learning to adult, holidays can be a time of stress. Here’s how to set healthy boundaries.

Too often, the holidays turn into a time of stress as we try to live up to expectations from family and friends.

While it’s preferable to avoid a holiday showdown, sometimes it can’t be avoided. In this episode, we talk about how to figure out what matters this holiday season, as well as how to set boundaries.

How much is too much this holiday season? And can you draw the line without it turning into a holiday showdown? Our Do Nows help you learn how to set healthy boundaries, as well as identify the biggest stressors that could be dragging you down.


  • Reasons the holidays can be very stressful.
  • What are some of things we do to satisfy others during the holidays?
  • What things are likely to result in a holiday showdown?
  • How to prioritize holiday gatherings.
  • Tips for setting healthy boundaries — and respecting others’ boundaries.
  • Handling gifts and exchanges.

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[A010] Holiday Showdown: Satisfy Your Relatives or Die Trying was last modified: March 3rd, 2017 by Harlan and Miranda

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