Secrets to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017


Stay Connected To the Meaning of Giving Thanks  

Make a point to use the entire week of Thanksgiving to focus on who and what you are grateful for in your life. Consider keeping a gratitude journal or starting a new tradition on Thanksgiving Day for everyone to talk about what they are grateful for. If the prospect of seeing a member of your family or an in-law makes you tense, take a few minutes during the week to write down at least three reasons you have to be thankful for having that person in your life. Read over your gratitude points on Thanksgiving morning to help you reconnect with the true meaning of Thanksgiving.


Give Your Thanksgiving Day a New Twist

If hosting Thanksgiving doesn't appeal to you or if your family’s tradition is more stressful than fun, find a new way to share this day together. Volunteer at a homeless shelter as a group or invite friends or colleagues to spend the day with your family. Share a simple meal together either at a restaurant or someone's home and then go do something fun together such as see a movie or go bowling or for a hike. Create a new ritual that everyone can enjoy.


Don't Do It All Yourself

If you have already committed to hosting Thanksgiving this year, make it as easy as possible by asking all your guests to bring at least one item or be responsible for a specific course such as appetizers or desserts. By spreading out the responsibility for the meal, you will not only cut down on food preparation time, but you'll also shorten the amount of time spent grocery shopping and help everyone take ownership of the holiday. 


Make Time to Relax and Rejuvenate

Ensure this is your Thanksgiving ever by giving yourself the gift of self-care. Talk to your friends and family about steps you can take as a group to lower stress, make your time together the most meaningful, and incorporate more healthy food and movement into the day’s celebrations. 


Thanksgiving is great day to practice Forgiveness

Just decide ahead of time that everyone and everything is forgiven. It sounds crazy, but will make the day much easier.  

From our family to yours, we would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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