Soon countless families across America will be joining for the Thanksgiving holiday, and many of those get-togethers will end with flared tempers, angry words, and maybe even some regret. Unfortunately, that’s the normal cycle for many during the holiday season. Luckily for you, our team of licensed therapists and psychologists in Tampa have some tips to make your get-togethers stress-free.
Where exactly does all the stress and tension come from around the holidays? It might be a result of the following:
- Strained relationships
- Nosy relatives
- Opinionated relatives
- Past grievances
- Financial issues
- Controlling (helicopter) parents
- Lifestyle disagreements
The reality is that there can be too many family-related issues to count, but understanding the root of these difficulties is always a good start. It will better prepare you to handle situations that trigger your stress and anxiety.
Taking a Stress-Free Approach
Here are a few tips that can hopefully make your Thanksgiving a bit easier to handle:
- Travel Smart – Holiday travel can make anyone cranky. If you’re traveling by plane or train, take something to keep you relaxed like a book or a tablet to watch movies or listen to music. This way, you’ll arrive at your destination in a better mood than normal.
- Be Firm – If you’re feeling uncomfortable with a conversation or somebody’s actions, don’t be afraid to speak up. Maneuver your discussion into something better like a hobby you’ve taken up, your pet, or a book you’re reading.
- Keep Your Composure – Is someone discussing politics or expressing an opinion you don’t agree with? If so, don’t make things worse for yourself by arguing. Like our previous point, say that the topic is a sensitive one, in a kind manner.
Our Tampa Psychologists Are Available
At Rice Psychology Group, we know that Thanksgiving won’t be a happy time for everyone. It can cause debilitating stress that could potentially worsen over time. If you need some advice on creating a positive environment for your family, then contact us in Tampa for more information about our services or to schedule your Free 10-minute consultation.