How to handle visitors this Easter break

2018-03-28 06:02

THE holidays are always welcome, with many using it as a time to relax and take a well-deserved break from the day-to-day stress of the working world, but for some it can mean a stressed out time catering to the needs of unwelcome family who we have to wait on hand and foot because they are guests in our home.

To be fair, not everyone has a problem with the influx of family visits during important holidays, but for those of you who do, here are some helpful, handy tips to keep in mind should you find yourself overcome with stress during these peak-season visits.

• A lot of things are going to bother you in terms of the behaviour of certain individuals. You’ve known about these habits for a long time; they are not new.

The more you focus on it the more it’s going to bother you. To keep the peace, remove yourself from the situation and engage in another topic of conversation with another family member to take your mind off of it.

• Realise that nothing is personal. You may think that these people you call family are there to drive you crazy but you’re wrong.

Realise that these people are trying their best not to annoy you and are possibly even trying to help you in their misguided efforts.

• Employ a giving spirit. Sometimes realising that you are not going to get much out of an occasion but rather will have to give more to it, defines the time spent.

Instead of harping on to yourself about how much you are doing, just do it.

Even though it can be strenuous to keep giving, you will end your holiday knowing you did your best and did good for your family.

• If people cannot be changed, then adjust. Realise that your family is not going to be in your house forever and make the necessary adjustments to your character in order to make the living situation bearable.

Continuously remind yourself that soon you will have your house to your- self.

To be fair, not everyone has a problem with the influx of family visits during important holidays, but for those of you who do, here are some helpful, handy tips...

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