My son (23 yo) is highly anxious about extended family Thanksgiving. He knows that the large number of people (22), younger loud, energetic 5 year old, mostly food he doesn't eat (very limited diet) and an out of the ordinary day will be very difficult and exhausting for him. He's choosing to go because he really wants to be able to, and will take his ear buds to help with the volume of noise, but he gets very anxious and upset that he is so different and embarrassed that he has all of these issues trying to enjoy what others actually enjoy. He ends up feeling SO bad about himself. Does anyone have any other suggestions for him to be less anxious in this situation? He does plan to eat at home beforehand.

Posted by colemartinbaker at 2022-11-24 03:44:32 UTC