• 1 month ago

    Dreading the Holidays

    I love my family, but they're a LOT of work! Especially around holidays.

    With a lot of siblings (6) and aging parents, it's difficult trying to balance everyone's needs while trying to remain sane.

    Anybody else on this slippery slope? How do you deal with it all?


  • RE: Dreading the Holidays

    You are SO not alone. I really hope that someone responds to you so that you can feel this. I work with a lot of people who struggle with family dynamics, aging parents, and stress around the holidays. In fact, I just finished writing an article about it, which you might see next week in the Relationships blog: https://blogs.webmd.com/art-of-relationships/

    In the meantime, here are some of my thoughts: It is essential that you stay connected with your feelings and experiences. This can help guide you. Remember that while you want to work with everyone and want them to be happy, you are not responsible for them all. So, be clear about boundaries. Get emotional support wherever you can. Plan ahead for issues that you know are likely to come up. Plan to do things that make you happy.

    Hope this helps. If you struggle specifically with a part of doing all this, feel free to reach back out here. Maybe people can help you through.