RELATIONSHIP HYGIENE: Closing Out 2022 With a Clean Slate

By Kristine Steinberg, CEO of Kismet

Just like that — the holiday season is upon us and we are about to enter a period of time that often ends up, in the rear view, being a blur. Then, come January, we eagerly set new goals and resolutions… and 2022 will be but a distant memory. Year in, year out. But because we skip over our personal year-end review, we bring along unconscious baggage and miss an opportunity to set the stage for a fresh year ahead.

This year, I invite you to take an intentional and specific approach to closing out 2022 and release some important mental weight. Instead of a vast reflection of all the good and not-so-good elements of this year, I recommend honing in one area alone: your relationships.

In my experience, the health or dysfunction of our relationships are the makers or breakers of our deep happiness and contentment. When unresolved relationship issues are sitting with us, there is often subtle energy drain and stress accumulation. Clearing this energy up prior to the holidays sets us up for a more joyful, peaceful season and paves the way for a much more seamless, clean transition going into 2023.

Why do we avoid this work? Shoring up our relationships often requires difficult conversations, a prospect that often sends people down one of two paths: avoid them at all costs (passive) or confronting people with tough and possibly negative messages (aggressive). Neither of these options are productive nor have a successful result.

Success depends on an assertive approach. Through assertiveness, instead of going into relationship hygiene discussions to prove a point and protect ourselves, we go in with the intention of resolution and healing by protecting the relationship. Relationship health can be achieved more effectively by inviting people into a safe conversation — one that will offer openness and understanding of where each person is coming from. From this place, determining the next phase of the relationship together becomes possible.

Follow the guidelines below to begin your relationship hygiene effort:

Click here to download a free printable PDF worksheet on relationship hygiene.

It takes courage and humility to have these kinds of conversations. The outcome of this effort is deeper, more trusting relationships. You’ll move forward on an intentional path with the people who are important to you. There will be an emotional clearing and energy shifting that will allow you to go into the year ahead with a different kind of freedom and creativity. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy and celebrate the holidays and the New Year with less stress and a feeling of lightness.

Download your free printable PDF worksheet on relationship hygiene to close out 2022 with a clean slate.

Kristine Steinberg is the CEO of Kismet. She believes that your life should be deeply fulfilling — not tolerated. Partner with Kismet to dismantle fear, define your path, and lead with courage. Start your transformation today:



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Your life should be deeply fulfilling — not tolerated. Partner with Kismet to dismantle fear, define your path, and lead with courage.