Spending time with family can be stressful. Follow these tips to help reduce the conflict and create some sweet summer memories.
1. Make a list of your triggers: If you know what might make your blood pressure rise, come up with a game plan to avoid it. Change the subject or have a neutral response prepared.
2. Steer away: If there are certain family members who get under your skin and you can’t work around them during the gathering, try steering the conversation back to their own lives if you wade into dangerous territory. Compliment them and continue on.
3. Bring good news: Coming prepared with an update in your life that’s positive can serve to deflect negative conversations people might have been ready to bring up otherwise. Then you can continue on to ask others about any positive updates in their life.
4. Bring your backup: When people are making negative comments about you, make sure you have someone by your side who can remind you how valuable you are.
You know you want the best for your family, and it’s true that they want the best for you as well. But not everyone is great at communicating what they think is helpful. For other tips on how to make the best of your summer, make an appointment by giving us a call at 717-840-9885 or clicking the button below to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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