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The holiday season has begun and many of us are feeling more triggered than ever. As we spend more time with those who have often aided our trauma, let’s talk emotional safety. Safety is one of our three basic human needs, along with love and belonging. During the holidays, we can put safety on the back burner in order to receive love and belonging.
Though family contact may be limited during your early stages of recovery, there will come a time where you may re-engage your family dynamic. When reconnecting with your family, it is important to establish emotional safety.
The following 4-Step process offers a practical way to lovingly protect your emotional safety while attending family functions. Family get-togethers can offer up lots of emotions; we see old people, fall into our family roles and are often confronted with limiting belief systems. I’ve been there myself.
Here’s a sequence taken from my own personal “playbook.” Try these on for size:
Emotional safety can be incredibly empowering as you take control of your own inner experience. We can’t expect others to change but we can change how we interact with others. Choose to show up in possibility and put your best self forward. Keeping our selves emotionally safe is a powerful tool that can assist us with personal boundaries. May love, belonging and safety work in harmony this holiday season!
Beverly Sartain is a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Recovery Life Coach, specializing in Alternative Recovery for clients seeking methods and treatments beyond the traditional 12-step approach. She received her B.S. from the University of Florida in Psychology and an M.A. from the University of Santa Monica in Spiritual Psychology. Beverly enjoys working with people who have an earnest desire to move beyond their issues. She has personal and professional experience with substance abuse, mental health, trauma and domestic violence.
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