Family first… ALWAYS!
So, you’ve done a bit of soul-searching recently, and you’ve come to conclude that you just haven’t been spending enough time with your family recently, and should really do what you can to reconnect and hang out. But what exactly does that mean, and what should you do when you do meet up with them?
For many people, visiting relatives can become a bit of a weird exercise in lounging about on the sofa all day, preoccupying yourself with your phone in your social media accounts, and getting fed, until it’s time to return home with the distinct feeling that you’ve missed some opportunities there.
Family is one of the most important things in life – so if you have a decent family who you can at least kind of get on with, and you’re willing to make the effort to meet up with them, it’s worth spending some quality time together, instead of just being in the same room as each other for a while.
Here are some great ways to spend quality time with your family.
Make those traditional holidays count
Many of us grew up with traditional holidays that meant the world to us when we were kids, but that we increasingly began to take less and less seriously as time went on.
Still, it’s pretty normal for people to take those traditional holidays off work and to spend them with their relatives.
If this is the case for you, then ask yourself – are you really making those traditional holidays count, or are you just going through the motions?
When you next visiting your family for a cultural event, do what you can to make it really count. If you’re a Hindu, by some vibrant Holi colours and really enjoy yourself. If you’re a Westerner celebrating Christmas, look for opportunities to go carolling and sing traditional hymns, rather than just watching Home Alone on TV.
Go for a weekend away somewhere, and go easy on the phones, computers, and TVs
Often, it’s difficult to really have great conversations with people on a day-to-day basis. We’re all simply too caught up with work, around social lives, and whatever happens to be on TV.
Going away for a weekend together with your family can be a great way of resetting the atmosphere, and giving everyone the space they need to unwind a bit, and really connect properly.
Of course, it’s a good idea to go easy on the phones, computers, and TVs on a trip like this, unless you just want to replicate the normal distractions of home, in a more picturesque location.
Take a day trip together to see a show, or visit a cultural attraction