Coming from a dysfunctional family is a curse! You can tell just by watching people when they are together how their family life is or was at one time. Depending on their age there will be telltale signs. When you come from a dysfunctional family it is hard to keep up with your family members. It can be a challenge also it can become overwhelming.
So many people who come from dysfunctional families tend to rather be alone instead of going through pain and heartbreak. I tend to tell people that if they want to see our family portrait they have to look up dysfunctional in websters dictionary and they will see my family portrait.
Sometimes it seems like that. A range of issues can make a family dysfunctional at any time! It can start from mental health issues, addiction, and unresolved conflicts within the family. It is essential for your well-being and your mental health to stay in touch with your family members. Here are some tips to help you keep in touch with your family members when dealing with a dysfunctional family.
Take care of yourself
Start by taking care of yourself and your mental health for it is critical when dealing with having a dysfunctional family. Practice self-care by getting enough sleep, and eating properly plus try to practice movement by exercising of any type from going on walks riding a bike, or just some simple exercise. Also, don’t be afraid to say no to the things that you don’t agree with.
Focus on the positive
Being in a dysfunctional family sometimes it can be a real challenge to find positive things in the family, and try to focus on the good aspects of the family. Try to find common interests, memories, and even a hobby. This will help find a connection and help break the ice as they say. This will help in bringing you closer to your differences.
The key to any relationship is effective communication within the family. Be clear, direct, and also respectful when communicating with family members. Try to avoid blaming or criticizing them, as this will only lead to more conflict. Try to speak positively.
It is always great to seek support from outside the family and reach out to friends. Reach out to friends, support groups, or a therapist. They can provide a safe space to talk about your feelings and offer guidance on how to deal with your family dynamics.
You need to set boundaries with your family members just for your mental health and well-being. State clearly what you are comfortable with and what you are not. This can include the frequency of communication, the topics you are willing to discuss, and the amount of time you are willing to spend with them.
When you are from a dysfunctional family it can be a real challenge to stay in touch with family members. With the right strategies, it can be possible to maintain a healthy relationship with family members. By setting boundaries, communicating effectively, focusing on the positive, seeking support, and taking care of yourself, you can create a healthy balance and maintain a positive relationship with your family.