Having friends is one of the best things in life – these special people are the ones we choose to enter into our lives, and if certain friendships turn out to be less than desirable, we can choose to end them. Family members on the other hand…that is a whole other story… we can’t choose the people in our family, and if things go south with them, ending the relationship with them isn't easy. This is especially true with annoying family members that pose challenges whenever we meet them. Luckily, with a few simple tips you will be able deal with your annoying relatives and not spend time getting angry with them.

1. Focus on your strengths instead of their weaknesses
Being annoying is a weakness, no doubt about it, but instead of focusing on your family member's behavior, try to focus on yours. Use humor, levity, conversation skills and any other tool in your disposal to help you cope with your annoying family members and the conversations with them.

2. Give yourself a pep talk
Before you meet your annoying family member, give yourself a little pep talk and prepare yourself to the encounter with them. Assuming you won't be alone with the person who gets on your nerves, also focus on other people around ypu and try not the engage the annoying family member whenever possible.

3. Stir clear away from certain topics
One of the things annoying people like to do the most is get into pointless arguments, just to be heard. When you talk to your annoying family member, notice the trigger topics that make them go off and stay away from them.

4. Change the subject
If you do get into an argument with an annoying relative, you can shift things by changing the conversation topic. Don't get angry and instead start talking about something else that will take the conversation to a new area.

5. Limit contact
Cutting off all ties with your annoying family members can be tricky, but you can and should limit your interaction with them. Try to get out of family meetings that aren't absolutely mendatory, don't make plans that involve only you and that annoying family member and set boundaries to make them realize that you may be related, but that doesn't mean you have to be best friends.

Dealing with your annoying family members can be pretty tricky, but when you get the hang of it, you'll be able to be much less annoyed and a lot happier.