The holidays often bring family members together who maybe haven’t seen much of each other throughout the year. Old resentments and grievances can often emerge, sometimes with strained or even disasterous consequences. Many families find themselves time-stressed with holday preparations and activities which lower coping ability even further.
The following five tips have been found useful to help you deal with that inevitable holdiay stress:
1. Watch carefully the amount of alcohol youÂ consume.Â Many anger management students confess thatÂ excessive drinking definitely contributed to family conflict and aggression.
2.Reduce stress by managing your time carefully andÂ not over-scheduling yourself. Take time for yourself.
3. Adjust your expectations of family members. No, Aunt Irene hasn’t changed since last year. Tell yourself that you only have to see her once a year- you can cope with it.
4. Work on forgiveness skills. Let old resentments go. Holding grudges hurts you more than your relatives.
5. Develop better empathy skills. Try to see the world from the viewpoint of irritating family members and youÂ may beÂ shocked at how your anger dissipates.
For more tips on how to deal with angry feelings or the angry behavior ofÂ others, visit The Anger Coach Website.