Tips for a Happy Holiday for People with a Not So Happy Family

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Here begins the beginning of the holiday season, which either brings a smile or a grimace to your face.

 

Last year, we may have averted some of the struggles and dramas that can arise during the holiday season.

 

However, this year there will be far more friends and family gathering ‘round to overindulge in calories and time with one another in-person instead of FaceTime.

 

This means for some that they’re losing the luxury of being able to “X” out of the situation in an instant.

 

If you find yourself in this category, here are some tips to help make the get-togethers a bit more palatable, if not enjoyable.

 

  • Avoid political topics of conversation
    • Yes, we know Uncle Vinny can barely keep his mouth shut when it comes to all things divisive, but we might could learn a thing or two from Aunt Sally’s hearing aid that conveniently isn’t functional when she’s asked to do something laborious.
  • Don’t take things personally
    • Of course, some things are impossible not to take personally. But in some cases, we may be a bit quick to take things to heart, especially if there is a large generational difference between the people in question. Try and first see their intentions and use that to gauge how you should respond.
  • Don’t be afraid to form new traditions
    • If you find yourself in a situation where it is not healthy to be surrounded by those related to you, it’s not only okay to feel that way – but it’s okay to forge a new path as well. Family comes in all shapes and sizes.

 

We at Summit Hill Wellness know family situations can be tricky for those facing addiction. That’s why we provide tools and insight into family relationships as it pertains to those with addiction. If you or your loved one needs help, give us a call today.

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