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By K2 Awards & Apparel, Published 04/24/2017

We all love getting together with our families but no family is perfect, so mishaps and hurt feelings may happen. Don’t let these mishaps ruin your family reunion. Use these five tips to keep tension to a minimum and the fun to the maximum!

Go in with a Positive Attitude

If you go in thinking that things are going to go bad for you, they probably will. Your attitude affects how others interact with you and how you interact with others. If you go in with a positive attitude, you might just start a trend among the other attendees. Positivity is contagious!

Avoid Confrontation

If you have a relative that you know has a problem with you, or vice versa, keep your distance as much as possible. While it is good to solve the problems you have with your relatives, a family reunion is not the time or place for it, especially if it could start a large, heated argument. These arguments tend to spread and affect other family members they don’t need to know. If you are worried about this at your family reunion, we recommend just avoiding confrontation altogether.

Watch your Alcohol Intake

While a couple drinks can help make you more comfortable around the family, too many can lower inhibitions and raise emotions. This puts you in the prime mindset for an argument. The best advice is to know yourself and how much you can drink before the undesired effects set in. Don’t let the stress make you drink more!

Take Time to Relax

Sometimes you just need a breather from all the hustle and bustle and family reunion has going on. Go for a walk, take a deep breath, take a break and find time to be by yourself. This will help get your head back in the right mindset and give you time to reflect on where you should go from there. Take note of what went well and what didn’t, and adjust your actions accordingly.

Know When to Leave

It’s exhausting to be around a large family for too long, so it’s important to know when to say goodbye. If you stay too long after you begin feeling tired, things will probably start to not go so well. You will not be in a good mood and that’s the first step on a downhill path. If you start to feel tired, find an appropriate time and politely inform your family that you need to go. Everyone has their own lives, and they will understand that you may have other things going on. Now that you know how to avoid negative scenarios at your family reunion, here’s something fun you can add! Custom t-shirts for your family reunion are perfect for families of all sizes. It’ll be a great ice breaker at the reunion, plus these custom t shirts will look great in photos. Start customizing these t shirts for your family reunion here.