As the holidays are upon us, there are expectations spoken and unspoken about family time. Many clients share that the pressure to be “on” is so difficult especially if one is an introvert. Introverts, while social, need time to recharge and will often need to take space even in the middle of a family gathering. Extroverts, on the other hand, thrive on social interaction. One is not better than the other and each needs to be respected. The best way to handle holiday stress is to communicate with family members and friends what your needs are. That would truly be a holiday gift to yourself!