If you happen to belong to one of those blissfully content families like those in the luxury car commercials, we heartily congratulate you and yet wish to hear very little about it.
For everyone else — some of whom may start popping Xanax in October in anticipation of this joyous season — here’s a great list of tips for keeping your sanity and maybe even coming home from this holiday more relaxed than when you started.
Or, just coming home speaking to everyone.
Or, most of them, ‘cuz ya can’t fix crazy. (No, really, you can’t.)
1. Lower the bar. It’s not going to be perfect. Every family dynamic is different, but expecting a Hallmark-perfect gathering is not realistic for all but the rarest families. “Probably the best solution is to plan ahead and just be realistic,” she says. “Just because you love people doesn’t mean you easily get along with them.”
2. Don’t use technology as a crutch. Technology is great, especially when it helps you take time from work to be with family. And it’s great when it allows you to connect with friends, Radunovich says. It’s not great when you’re more connected to the gadget than the family you’re spending time with, she said. “It can be difficult to turn it off – you just want to keep checking, did someone respond? Did I get an email? What about Facebook?” she said. “Be sure you are being present with the people you need to be present with.”
Full story at Newswise.
Holidays: Better in retrospect.
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