The holidays are a time to feast, celebrate, and make good memories with family, but what do you do when your relatives cause you stress? 

The thought of attending a family event is enough to induce anxiety for some. It could mean having to deal with loved ones who stir up drama, ask intrusive questions, or make inappropriate comments.

For Black folks — whose family dynamics are shaped by systemic racism — the challenge could be maintaining joy while processing the death of a cousin by gun violence or coping around an uncle who struggles with an undiagnosed mental illness.

These factors may leave a person wondering: should I or should I not go? 

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