• Josie Coco

10 Tips to Survive A Family Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Let’s face it, for most of us that means it’s the season to be jolly well careful as you tip toe around family dramas and negotiate the minefield of dysfunctional family patterns and age old arguments.

It pays to remember that most of the problems we encounter in families are a consequence of old coping strategies and automatic nervous systems responses that break social contact, or as Dr Stephen Porges describes it, "biological rudeness".

The good news is you can use it to your advantage so that each new year, family Christmas gatherings are a little bit easier than the last.