Thanksgiving is coming next week. For most people, Thanksgiving can be stressful. It’s all the more important to practice stress reduction techniques. We encourage you to try a few time tested techniques to help reduce stress:
- Take a smart approach to your Thanksgiving feast. Thanksgiving is more about tradition than invention. Use the recipes that worked in the past and spend more time with your family and friends catching up.
- When feeling stress coming up high, ask for help preparing the big meal. Most people would be happy to participate.
- If you feel overwhelmed, retreat to a quiet spot for 5-10 minutes. Listen to relaxing music you enjoy and practice controlled breathing. You can do this sitting, standing, lying or while practicing yoga. Research demonstrate just a few minutes of controlled breathing can lower blood pressure and heart rate.
- Play with your pets for a few minutes. Playing with pet has been proven again and again to help alleviate stress and put people in a good mood.
- Take young kids outside to play sports for a few minutes can break up that task mode.
- At dinner table, avoid talking politics, religion or any sensitive topic to steer clear of heated discussions or potential argument.
- If you are flying, get to the airport earlier than usual. This may sounds too common sense. A lot of people tell us they had to rush to the gate because the security lines are longer than they expected.
At this Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to what we have and what we share, and, find true joy in each other’s company!
We hope you will have an enjoyable and relaxed Thanksgiving weekend!