Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW spoke with Elite Daily about ways to get along with your family during the holidays.
Any time I’m feeling stressed or annoyed at a party, I’m either pulling my husband aside, or rounding up my sisters for an impromptu venting session. If you anticipate there being some kind of conflict at a holiday party before it even begins, mental health counselor Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW, LLC suggests having a confidante at the ready: someone you can trust, who’s there to discuss the issues with you, and who’s down to help you come up with a game plan in case you need an out.
“A game plan could be a code word you have, a gesture you make from across the room, etc.,” Forshee tells Elite Daily. “[It’s] something that indicates to your partner that you need a break for a moment.”
Talk to your confidante about what this game plan will look like ahead of time so you’re both on the same page, and put it into action whenever necessary.
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