Tips on how to handle family anxiety during the festive season

Christmas is around the corner and it is not a joyous time for everyone.

Clinical psychologist Ruth Ancer says the festive season is a time where we spend time with people we hardly do and this can have a lot of triggers.

Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, she says it is good to prepare yourself against those family members who might ask uncomfortable questions.

For some people, the festive season can be incredibly so stressful because often we spend more time with people we don't spend time with regularly

Ruth Ancer, Clinical psychologist

Sometimes we build unrealistic expectations of what that experience would be and we forget the reality of the daily social struggles that a lot of us have with people we have to spend time with.

Ruth Ancer, Clinical psychologist

Ancer gives advice on how to handle triggering questions.

If you are aware of what might be the bait, either prepare yourself or tell the person it is not going to be discussed.

Ruth Ancer, Clinical psychologist

You are not going to agree with the decisions your children, nieces or nephews make. Unless if it is dangerous for them we learn to accept and tolerate differences.

Ruth Ancer, Clinical psychologist

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