Tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving

by Michelle on November 22, 2017

It might sound impossible, especially if you’re the host, but having a stress-free holiday is something that you should focus on creating for yourself and your guests.  Yes, the meal is a large part of the event, but it’s not more important than the atmosphere of family and friends being thankful for one another and spending time together.  Stress is an inherent part of the day but there are ways to make it better with a little bit of effort.

  1. Ask for help: Have guests bring appetizers, side dishes, pies, rolls, etc. so you’re only doing the turkey, gravy and dressing.
  2. Prepare some items in advance: Fix ahead what you can so Thanksgiving Day is less hectic and you’re not trapped in the kitchen.
  3. Enjoy the company: Visit with your guests…it’s a social occasion, not just a meal.
  4. Eat well, exercise & sleep well: Eat light before the “big event”, take a walk or do some light yoga to stay calm, and get a good night’s sleep so you’re able to enjoy the holiday.
  5. JUST BREATHE: Taking a break to just breathe deeply is both restorative and calming.  (Take a long breath in through your nose for 4 seconds then exhale through your mouth for 4 seconds)

Even if you want to do everything yourself you can still enjoy the day in a stress-free way.  You control how everything going on around you affects you so focus on enjoying the day and you might find your outlook is contagious!




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