How to avoid throwing dinner rolls

By Aubree Bailey
On December 1, 2017

Aubree Bailey
Managing Editor

Some of my best holiday memories involve my family. Decorating the tree with my parents, mixing up mashed potatoes with my Gammy, joking around with my uncle.

Some of my… different holiday memories also come from being with family. Political discussions that make me want to hide under my great-grandmother’s patterned table cloth, missed flights, overly personal questions such as- "when are you going to get a boyfriend" and "how will you get a job with that major" being asked.

I love each and every member of my family- even if I sometimes want to pelt them with dinner rolls.

Just kidding- I wouldn’t waste perfectly good carbs.

Yet surviving the holiday season without some kind stress headache seems to be a problem most of us face. So I thought I would compile a few tips for getting through what is called the best time of the year, but sometimes can be the most difficult.

1.Let people be themselves: No matter how many dinner rolls you pelt your family with, they won’t change. Realizing that each person in your family has opinions, likes, dislikes, and preferences just like you and respecting them will decrease a lot of frustration you have.

2.Keep in mind that your family members are probably just as stressed out as you are: Your aunt is worrying if everyone likes the stuffing, your great-uncle is upset his daughter couldn’t make it in for the holidays, and your grandmother has been cleaning and cooking and wrapping presents for weeks on end to ensure her house is perfect for Christmas morning. You’re not the only one who feels stressed.

3.Don’t be afraid to set boundaries: I’m an introvert, and though my parents are amazing at ensuring I have enough time away from people, some of the more distant family members have yet to recognize how vital it is for me to have some breathing space. I’ve learned that it’s okay to say you need to go up to your room and rest a bit, even if that doesn’t please everyone. In the long run, it will put you in a better mood, which will make the day more pleasant for other members of your family.

I’m not saying these are fool proof, and I’m not ensuring that your holidays won’t contain some stressful moments, but taking a step back and being mindful of your own attitude and how others might be feeling can relieve some of the discord we sometimes feel during holidays.

May everyone have a restful break and refrain from throwing dinner rolls!

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