How to get unstuck
Going more off of the example of spending the holidays with family, Tawwab says “the anxiety comes from feeling stuck in those interactions.” There is this idea that the anxiety-inducing event will be recurring, and that you don’t have a way to prevent it or control it. She explains that she works with clients to find solutions that will help them feel a bit more at ease at those times, like perhaps shortening their visit to family, or staying in a hotel rather than in the family home. Those are forms of boundaries. It’s perfectly okay to set those, even if there is pushback from family.