Uh Oh, Thanksgiving Means Family!! 6 Things You Can Do To Get Though The Holiday Season, San Dimas, CA

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Thanksgiving is this week and sometimes people start to get anxious about getting together with their family. It’s called anticipatory anxiety. Some families struggle with communication and that can spoil the holiday.

Here are 6 Things You Can Do to Save Your Thanksgiving:

1. If possible only choose to be with people that make you feel good about yourself.

2. If not, then keep yourself out of the drama. Be polite, enjoy your food and keep your mouth shut. You’ll go home feeling a lot less agitated.

3. If someone directly offends you, stay in your adult and let them know how it makes you feel. Sometimes its smart to plan ahead for your possible response so you won’t be caught off guard.

4. Plan to stop by for dessert rather than stay for the entire dinner.

5. Make an excuse and don’t go. Create your own Thanksgiving dinner at home with your immediate family or friends.

*Not all families struggle being together at the holidays. But if your family is difficult you can plan ahead to create the kind of Thanksgiving that you would truly enjoy.

6. Set boundaries with toxic people and take care of your needs first. This may be new for you but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it.

Consider family counseling…

For Individual, Couple or Family counseling in Glendora, CA Call (626) 335-0903

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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. http://www.ilissabanhazlmft.com or http://www.eatingdisordersgroup.com
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