The holidays are a time for family, friends, and loved ones to come together and celebrate.
But for some of us, the holidays are a time to dread. If you have toxic family members, the holidays can be downright painful. Here are some tips on how to survive the holidays with toxic family members.
1. Establish boundaries.
Toxic family members tend to be boundary pushers. They may show up unannounced, invade your personal space, or try to control every aspect of the holiday gathering. It's important to establish boundaries with toxic family members and let them know what is and is not acceptable behavior. This will help minimize conflict and make the holiday gathering more bearable.
2. Keep your sense of humor.
Toxic family members can be frustrating, obnoxious, and downrigh t scary at times. It's important to keep your sense of humor when dealing with them. Try not to take things too seriously and remember that they're not worth getting worked up over. A little bit of laughter can go a long way in diffusing tense situations.
3. Limit your exposure.
If possible, limit your exposure to toxic family members during the holidays. This may mean attending only part of the holiday gathering or staying in a different room from them during the event. The less time you have to spend around them, the better off you'll be.
4. Avoid controversial topics .
There's nothing like a good old-fashioned argument to ruin a holiday gathering. Avoid controversial topics with toxic family members if at all possible. This includes politics, religion, and other hot-button issues that are likely to lead to an argument or heated exchange. Stick to safe topics like the weather or sports if you want to avoid conflict this holiday season.
The holidays are supposed to be a time for happiness and joy but they can be downright painful if you have to deal with toxic family members. By following these tips, you can survive the holidays without losing your cool or ruining your own holiday fun in the process! Until Next Time!...XOXO 🍁🧡🍂
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