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Crazy Family Members at Christmas Survival Guide

WHOM-FM Meredith

Ding Dong! That can be a dreaded sound this holiday season, for some of you. Dealing with that crazy close talking Aunt, drunk Uncle, senile Grandfather, rebellious teen or unhappy in-law can bring on a lot more stress than Christmas cheer.

Here are some quick expert survival tips i compiled from various sources to help get you through it all:

-Invite close friends who understand your family, their presence will distract you and destress you.

-Take a nice cold walk! Walking releases endorphins, mood lifting chemicals to help give you a great start.

-Start the party after 2pm! Research says 4pm is the least stressful for a get together and the best time of day for good moods.

-Do as much as you can ahead of time to eliminate added stress, like cleaning and baking.

-Don’t be afraid to ask for help!! Send your spouse to the market, have the kids clean up. You don’t have to be a hero…

-Watch the booze. A few drinks can feel amazing but a few too many can add to family drama. Scientists say the most common time for family fights is 3:30pm.

-Have family bring a dish. It takes the stress off you to cook everything and gets them involved.

Hope these helpful hints aid in getting you through the stress of a yearly holiday family reunion. Sorry to say, I have no advice on how to deal with the “who are you again?” awkward human body sitting on your couch who may or may not be your cousin in law.

Meredith

 

 

 

 

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