Popcorn for the holidays

The Popcorn Method of Surviving Holiday Drama





What’s your Holiday Drama?

Before heading over to that family dinner, take a moment to check in with yourself.  What are you looking forward to? What are you dreading?


Identify the challenges ahead of time so that you’re less surprised when it comes up.


What are the “escape strategies” from the drama?

Can you:

–Check on the food

–Play with a pet

— Go for a walk

–Check in with an ally?


What are you grounding strategies?

Here’s a list of some of my favorite grounding strategies

With all the food around most holiday gatherings you can also engage in mindful eating.

Walk through all the senses as you experience a food.  What is the color? The texture? The smell?  Does the tastes and textures change as you change them?


What do you enjoy about the holidays?

Don’t let the drama take center stage.  You deserve to feel joy and gratitude.  Seek out the pieces of the holidays that do bring you joy.  Nothing is too small.  One of my favorite aspects of almost all winter holidays is the centrality of candlelight.  On the darkest days, there is always a light.  It might be small and we may have to light it ourselves, but that just makes it all the more beautiful.


Popcorn for the Holidays

Wishing you happiness these holidays wherever it can be found!

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