Top 10 Ways To Survive Returning Home For The Christmas Holidays

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Top 10 Ways To Survive Returning Home For The Christmas Holidays


Whenever the holidays draw near, stress levels seem to skyrocket. Whether it’s the annoyance of travel, distractions from work, small talk with long-forgotten family members, or constant requests for tech support, seeing the family can get pretty dicey. Here’s how to make it through with your sanity intact.

Title image remixed from chert28 (Shutterstock).

10. Avoid Stress When You Travel


start to finish guide to stress-free travelImage remixed from Chris Brindley

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9. Turn Awkward Small Talk Into Conversations


turn it into a conversationthe FORD techniqueImage remixed from Dvarg (Shutterstock) and Everett Collection (Shutterstock).

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8. Work From Home Without Distractions


dealing with other people around youkeeping yourself from slacking offSet some boundariesPhoto by Britt Selvitelle

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7. Start Early With The Food


Photo by Threephin.

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6. Stick With Your Exercise Routine


motivated yourself into a good routineour 20 minute exercise planImage remixed from Taylor Medlin (The Noun Project) and Leremy (Shutterstock).

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5. Keep Political Conversations Civil

If every member of your extended family has the same political beliefs — or is similarly apathetic — consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, the holidays can be tense. When someone brings up politics, stay rational, and do whatever you can to keep the conversations civil — including changing the subject if you have to. The last thing you want is dinner turning into a sparring match between family members.
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4. Deal With Difficult Family Memvers


most important thing you can do is slow down and relaxRemember to pick your battlesPhoto by Lisa F. Young (Shutterstock).

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3. Drop the Technology And Talk


The rules of mobile phones and technology etiquettePut your phone in flight modegood practice for when you get back homeImage remixed from Krugloff (Shutterstock), Andressr (Shutterstock), The Noun Project

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2. Be A Courteous Guest (or Host)


be the perfect 21st century guestthings you can do to help, tooget rid of those that overstay their welcomePhoto by {Away until inspiration comes}

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1. Handle Family Tech Support


fix their computer up and automate everything you canSet them up with remote accessdrop out of the tech support role gracefullyPhoto by Steve Jurvetson.

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