I said I’d come home, but I’m getting nervous

DEAR HARRIETTE: The idea of ​​coming home for the summer gives me terrible anxiety.

Harriette Cole

I promised my parents that I would come home for two months this summer starting at the end of May. I’ve finally bought my ticket, but I’m getting increasingly nervous about it.

My parents and I tend to biker about small things when I’m home. The dynamic is much different than it used to be, and I don’t think that we know how to be around each other for that long anymore.

The thought of running into people that I went to high school with also makes me nervous.

How do I stop feeling so anxious about returning home?

Summer Visit

DEAR SUMMER VISIT: Decide in advance that you are going to have a positive visit all the way around.

Make a pact with yourself that you will stand in your own power as a young adult who does not have to fall into unproductive patterns just because you are at home. Design a schedule for yourself that allows you to have alone time every day so that you can settle yourself as needed.

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