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Worried about difficult family relationships over the holidays?

As you head into the holidays, here are a few reminders to help you feel better about spending time with family and friends.

Consider what your boundaries are so you can effectively set expectations with everyone around you over the holiday season.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I be glad I said yes to this invite in a week from now?

  • What else will be impacted because I said yes?

  • Am I doing this because I want to or because I feel guilty to say no?

Here are a few reminders

  • Difficult family relationships are NORMAL! You are not alone. These exist in every family.

  • Practice accepting that having healthy relationships with people who are not interested in having healthy relationships is a losing battle. You cannot make people be healthy who aren’t or who aren’t recognizing they aren’t. You don’t always have to be the voice of reason.

  • You can create relationships that are just like family with people who are not related to you.

The way things have always been done does not need to be the way they continue to be done. You have autonomy over yourself and can decide to start something new or stop something that isn’t working for you. Have a wonderful Christmas.

~ Laura, Clinical Therapist

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