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“My Extended Family Drives Me Crazy!” How to Guard & Protect Your Holiday Spirit

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Q: “How do I survive being with my extended family over the holiday season with my sanity and emotions intact?”The Hollywood image of a happy family celebrating the holidays — laughing, eating, and sharing an oversized bowl of popcorn while watching a classic movie — rarely looks like real life.

In the real world, extended family members may offer unsolicited advice, pass judgment, and dismiss your needs, which can trigger emotional dysregulation.Your best bet?

Develop a strategy before a family gathering to make difficult relatives more tolerable and maintain your holiday spirit. Consider the following:Practice self-control. To avoid spiraling when you’re triggered, think about what you can control.

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