Friday, June 21

Toxic Family Members: 5 Ways to Deal With Them

5 Ways to Deal with Toxic Family Members in Quarantine

Despite how much you love them, there are some members of the family who almost always get on your nerves. And that’s if you love them, there really isn’t any way to fully get rid of people who are connected to you by blood.

However, there are ways to manage the anger that comes with their behavior. Some of the best tips have been discussed in the article below, so read on to find out the best way to handle your annoying relatives.


Keep Your Cool

Remain calm in all situations. It might be the annoying way your aunt keeps talking while eating at the family dinner or the awkward jokes your uncle keeps making. Whatever it is, it’s best to have complete control over your actions, and the best way to do this is by keeping your cool.

Take a deep breath whenever you begin to feel the slightest bit of anger. Leaving that environment also helps. This is the first move towards victory. If you don’t grant them their desired response, they will indeed limit the previously intended actions to annoy you.

Accept That You Can’t Distance Yourself From Them

What are you going to do? Family’s family. There is no possible way to be totally distant from them, at least not legally. For one reason or the other, you would find yourselves getting involved with each other, and since you can’t escape this, you may just have to tolerate it.

By now, you ought to know each person, what they do that irritates you and try to avoid it, and if you can’t avoid it, you may just as well learn to live with it.

Your brother-in-law would always remain your brother-in-law; after all, you can’t convince your sibling to divorce your spouse for your sake. This is why you have to know them and accept them the way they are.

There Is No Belt for Winning Arguments

Occasional back and forth are inevitable. However, before you let the person get the most of your energy, relax and consider the person’s opinions and reasons. This is also another significant step towards tolerance.

Instead of yelling back, you should lend the person an ear, then gently explain your reasons. You may find out that it’s just a minor misunderstanding on both ends.

Nevertheless, if the person does not listen or agree no matter how authentic your viewpoints are, then save yourself the stress and just let them win.

Don’t Fall for It

Some people seem to like their sole aim is to frustrate the soul out of you. It’s worse when the person knows you, your faults, and your weaknesses, so they know exactly how to get on your nerves. If you notice this peeling character with a family member, it’s best to avoid scenarios that will cause them to come for you. For example, if your sister almost always complains about the way you cook, then it’s best to not cook for her or while she is around.

Another way of controlling this situation is by not giving them the audience. If they come for you in a manner that makes it seem like they are joking, then simply laugh along, and they’ll notice that you are not even offended by what they thought would annoy you.

This is a much better option than stooping to their level and granting them the satisfaction that ones with annoying you.

Seek Professional Help

Some problems are too much to control, which is why you should consider professional help. For this, the best choice is family therapy. Here, there are no sides as the professional carefully analyze the issue from all angles without judgment.

This is a great way to help develop mutual respect among each other. It also helps define a person’s position in the family and gives problem-solving tips, which will surely help limit unpleasant interactions. This is a great way to help improve your family’s relationship.

According to research, humor has proved to be one of the primary ways anger can be suppressed. So once that family member begins to act in that manner, just kill it with a smile. This would surprise them as they wouldn’t expect such a reaction.

Finally, it’s only natural for someone to irritate you, especially if it’s someone who knows how to do so. The question is, how do you deal with such a person? Hopefully, the tips mentioned above will help you deal with difficult people and keep you calm like a champion.