Tips for Navigating Couple Conflict
Most couples come to therapy at their tipping points; when something has happened, when they are in crisis, and when they need help and tools to fix it! Until then, they may stumble through marrital …
Getting through the holidays can be notorious for being stressful for a variety of reasons. Pressures to host, to get gifts, and see friends and family. As a host, there are so many details and things to consider including: what you need to prepare for a holiday event (i.e. food and catering, house preparation, etc.), compiling the list of the people you need to invite, and then ultimately trying to set a time and date that works best for everyone.On the other hand, there are times you have multiple holiday engagements to which you are invited and you’re wondering how you’re supposed to juggle it all. If you are invited to multiple engagements, you’re probably thinking “I don’t want to hurt their feelings if I can’t stay the whole time because I have another event I was invited to. I just want to make everyone happy.” Trying to take into consideration everyone’s feelings is hard and compounds the stress of the holidays, as most of us want to make sure everyone gets included and no one’s feelings get hurt in the process.I’ve had people tell me in the past that they had three events to attend in one day – like one at 2, one at 5, and one at 8 – or multiple events for an entire weekend. I try to imagine their days hopping from event to event thinking how are you hanging in there? People tell me they hate having to rush out from the event trying not to hurt the host’s feelings, but know they are hurting the next host’s feelings if they do not make it to their event.For couples, the same issue is compounded right? I’ve heard couples complain about the difficulty in trying to please both sides of the family. I totally get it! Well the good news that I tell all my clients is that any holiday is ONLY twenty-four hours. You WILL survive the day! Just remember:
If you are having difficulty or struggling navigating through the holidays, please give me a call!