You’ve seen all the cute holiday movies where everyone gets together and treats everyone with love and respect. Your family gatherings might not have that same Norman Rockwell feel. Your mom still harasses you about being single. Your uncle still asks you to pull his finger. And your cousin, the successful and beautiful doctor, still makes fun of your sensible shoes.
The holidays are not all smiles and giggles.
Try these strategies:
Hopefully, the holidays are an enjoyable time to be spent with the family. Unfortunately, holidays spent with family are often stressful. Temper your expectations. Your interactions with your family don’t improve during the holidays. Plan ahead and have a few temporary escapes planned. Rely on your friends to help you through this time.
Reach out to old friends and stay physically active. Accomplishing a few small goals each day can lift your mood and your resistance to negative family members.