The holidays mean many things: NO SCHOOL, gigantic snowmen, the night sky filled with festive lighting, yummy treats, family, and all those gadgets n gizmos you’ve been asking for all year just waiting to be unwrapped under the tree. As wonderful as the holidays can be, they can also be stressful and add pressure to an unhealthy relationship. Help your classmates, friends and family de-stress and focus on healthy relationship behaviors this holidays by doing some of the following:
- Encourage someone you know in an abusive relationship to reach out to loveisrespect through chat or phone
- Be supportive to family or friends, especially those having a tough time in a relationship. You don’t have to talk about what’s going on, just being there can be a HUGE help
- Spell out loveisrespect messages with outside lights
- Celebrate being in a healthy relationship by writing a letter of thanks and appreciation to your partner
- Include loveisrespect cards (our cards can be downloaded at https://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/quiz-card.pdf) with your holiday cards
- Volunteer your time at a local domestic violence shelter during your winter break.
- Organize a toy or clothing drive for the children staying at your local domestic violence shelter through your club, church, or group of friends
- Host a candy cane drive at your school. Encourage your classmates to send candy canes to their significant others and friends to show them love and friendship this season. Donate proceeds to a local shelter.
- Talk to your school and see if they’ll do a movie buy-in during one of your lunch periods. Screen holiday movies in an empty classroom and have students buy a ticket to attend. Donate the money towards a shelter or domestic violence charity.
These are just some ideas to get you started. We’d love to hear your ideas. What are you doing this holiday season to celebrate healthy relationships and help those in need? Please let us know.
We at loveisrespect wish you a happy and safe holiday season!