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To support strong mental health in a family ALWAYS requires courageous conversations among family members to not only care for whomever is afflicted with mental illness, but also to discuss what effect that person's mental illness has on everyone else and what all other family members need in order for them to take better care of themselves around this person.
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5 Ways To Optimize Mental Wellness During Stressful Family Gatherings, With Hanalei Vierra

by A.N. Gibson
In a healthy family system, issues are resolved with positive communication, respect and understanding.
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“Identify which family members foster feelings of comfort and safety and to seek out those that enhance emotional stability,” With Dr. Caitlin Simpson, LCSW, LCADC

by A.N. Gibson
One way to help distinguish between a difficult dynamic and an unhealthy relationship is to evaluate the situation more objectively using strategies to help yourself 'step back' from the situation at hand.
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5 Ways To Optimize Mental Wellness During Stressful Family Gatherings, With Dr. Lindsay Trent

by A.N. Gibson
It’s important to find the balance between being overly-sensitive and having fear of standing up for yourself to avoid confrontation.
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“Knowing which battles to choose can be a great skill to hone,” with Melanie Kotcher.

by A.N. Gibson
Recognize that toxic family members or friends still want to exert control over others, to hold the power in the relationship, whether they are aware of it or not — and most of the time they are not consciously aware of the methods they use to force their will on others.
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5 Ways To Optimize Mental Wellness During Stressful Family Gatherings, With Thomas Bognanno

by A.N. Gibson
A difficult dynamic can simply mean you have a difficult time communicating with someone. An unhealthy dynamic can cause someone to spiral and spark maladaptive coping mechanisms.
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“We all have a story, but it is what we choose to do as a result of our journey that makes a difference,” With Katie Sandler, Impact Coach

by A.N. Gibson
Health always come first and you should always protect yourself, period.
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5 Ways To Optimize Mental Wellness During Stressful Family Gatherings, With Cena Martin

by A.N. Gibson
The key in healthy relationships is that confronting challenging terrain may feel SCARY, but it’s not UNSAFE to express our scary feelings.
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5 Ways to Optimize Mental Wellness during Stressful Family Gatherings With Lily Rosenblatt, LMFT

by A.N. Gibson
Keep conversations light with those family members who make you feel less safe. And you don’t have to answer probing questions if you do not want to do so.
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5 Ways To Optimize Mental Wellness During Stressful Family Gatherings With Jenn Kennedy

by A.N. Gibson
Once you see it clearly, a difficult family dynamic may be overcome with compassion and skill.
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5 Ways To Optimize Mental Wellness During Stressful Family Gatherings, With Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT

by A.N. Gibson
Whatever our issue is, there are bound to be times when the issue is less apparent or when things are going better — even if just a tiny bit. In my experience, taking a close look at these exceptions, as we call them in solution-focused practice, will show you that you have everything it takes to make positive change already.
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Healthy Relationships Are Non-Threatening, Respectful, Fair, And Based On Mutual Trust.

by A.N. Gibson
Remind yourself that you are enough! Your worth and value are not based on your body size. Seek out body positive resources via books and social media that help you let go of body shame and support you in accepting, appreciating, and respecting your body.
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Managing Mental Wellness During Stressful Holiday Times: “Remind yourself that you are enough!” with Judith Matz, LCSW

by A.N. Gibson

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