The holidays are coming and for most of us this can cause extreme stress. Thanksgiving is one of the stress-inducing holidays but by following a few simple tips, you can make it through and not end up in the looney bin. Here are my favorite tips for a stress free Thanksgiving.
1. Get Enough Sleep
** **This is the number one cause of stress during Thanksgiving. We run ourselves ragged and don’t take the time to relax and recharge. A good night's sleep will have you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the holidays.
2. Know Your Boundaries
If you have accepted to cook the holiday meal make sure you know just how many family members will be attending your feast. Know when to say no to extra stragglers that family members might want to bring along. This will make your meal planning easier.
3. Count to 10
There are so many things that can be a cause of stress during Thanksgiving! From family to the meal to the decorations, there's a lot that can cause your head to spin. It is a good thing to take a breath and count to ten to collect yourself. You will make it through!
4. Let Bygones Be Bygones
There will be family members who love to make snarky little comments! I'm pretty sure we all have one of those in our families. The best way to approach this is to just ignore the comment and hopefully they will stop once they see they haven’t gotten a rise out of you. Ignorance is one of the best ways to achieve a stress free Thanksgiving.
5. Keep Everyone Busy
Assign people duties, get the kids to set the table, have Aunt Margie help with dinner, get everyone involved so you don’t have to take it all on yourself.
6. Give Thanks
Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for what we have in our lives. Go around the dinner table and have everyone state what he or she are thankful for, don’t forget to remember those who have passed to keep them in spirit.
What are(was) your ways to de-stress during the holidays?
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