Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Relieve Relationship Tensions during the Holidays

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Relieve Relationship Tensions during the Holidays

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The year-end holidays offer wonderful opportunities to renew our family connections. They can also set the stage for family and relationship conflicts. Here are some suggestions from psychotherapist Joel Pava, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Try something new. Visualize a holiday in which you and your loved ones would be most likely to enjoy a relaxed experience, and try to make it happen. Be creative. Celebrations don't always have to include the same people, rituals or activities, especially if they have become sources of conflict.

Plan ahead. Arrange your schedule as early as possible, and let others know what you intend to do. Plan how to divide up holiday tasks. Arrange seating, accommodations and activities to minimize potential conflicts. …

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