“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” Johnny Carson
Thanksgiving – as with many holidays – can be very emotionally and physically draining. There is so much focus on having the ‘Perfect’ holiday and perfect meal.
It’s very easy to get stressed and feel ‘out-of-balance’. Factor in traveling to be with family – or having family at our homes – a joyful holiday can become a joyless ordeal.
The key to keeping your ‘balance‘ and sanity is to find the humor in every situation. The holiday should be a fun time and if we’re not enjoying ourselves, we need to find a way to ‘lighten’ up.
Ask yourself if you’re taking things too seriously? Are you trying too hard to make things perfect? If the turkey is too dry – will that really matter? Are you worried you’re going to lose your cool or blow your diet?
Reverse ‘Stressed‘ and eat your ‘Dessert‘ instead. I especially love Apple Pie. How ’bout you? You only need a couple of bites to satisfy that craving without guilt. Or just go for it! It’s only once a year.
Also, consider going for a walk after your meal. Exercise is a great stress reliever and it also helps to put things in perspective. Find things to be grateful for and use that time to remind yourself of all your blessings. It’s almost impossible to be stressed when we’re giving thanks!
Happy Thanksgiving to All!
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