Set Goals for Conversations

Rebecca Skolnick, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

The holidays can be an enjoyable and stressful time. This year people may feel more comfortable spending time with family from a COVID perspective, but that doesn’t mean the interactions will always be easy. I recommend coping ahead for potentially difficult conversations by thinking about your goals for the interactions and imagining yourself handling them skillfully. Think about your goals for conversations with specific family members – what are you asking for or saying no to (if anything), how do you want the other person to feel after the interaction, and how do you want to feel after the interaction. Keeping these goals in mind can help you get through difficult conversations and ignore attacks. And don’t forget to plan some time to unwind after the holiday.

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