The holidays usually mean spending time with family. Sometimes, however, we don’t always get along with everyone in our family. Dr. Karin Ryan, a psychologist with Nystrom and Associates, is here to help us through those uncomfortable moments and awkward conversations.
- Plan ahead
- Take the power of initiating certain conversations or activities
- For confrontational, critical, or intense questions: you can give avoidant political answers or assertive responses and then change the topic
- Listen to your body and manage your stress
- Give yourself permission to take breaks, set clear boundaries, and walk away