Does Your Family Stress You Out?

This week was sort of the unofficial kick off of the season where many of you will begin to gather with your families for holiday meals, cookouts, summer pool parties, etc.

I’m fortunate that I truly love being with my family. My parents, brothers, children, in-laws, etc. are all people that I enjoy hanging out with. I do however understand that this may not be the case for many of you.  Perhaps you find “family gatherings” to be hugely stressful.

My friend Terry calls this stress “family overload.” If you fit into the category of feeling annoyed, frustrated or overwhelmed when you are with your family, here is my advice:


Seriously – just take a short break, get the mail, run a quick errand, take the trash out… do something that removes you from the group.  When you do walk away, take some deep breaths, calm yourself, center yourself, and remind yourself that your family really does love you very much. This will help so much; it’s amazing what even ten minutes away from a situation will do for you.

I hope all of you have a happy holiday.

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  1. Terry
    Terry says:

    You know David this is so very true. The very people that are there to love us the most can usually cause the most stress for us. I love the take a walk idea.

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