We’re entering the time of year when we collectively focus on gratitude. It’s even a ubiquitous tradition to say what you’re thankful for during Thanksgiving dinner. But between the frantic cleaning, food prep and traveling, it can be stressful.
Here are five tips to make Thanksgiving more carefree so you can focus on what matters.
Take Deep Breaths
Perhaps the easiest way to quickly reduce anxiety is by taking deep breaths.
“Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness,” according to the American Institute of Stress.
When the family dynamics start to get a bit overwhelming this Thanksgiving, take a few seconds to breathe.
Healthline recommends these basic techniques for diaphragmatic breathing:
- Relax your shoulders.
- Place one hand on your chest and the other hand on your stomach.
- Breathe in through your nose until you can’t take in anymore air.
- Purse your lips as if sipping through a straw and exhale slowly through the mouth for four seconds.
Don’t Go Overboard
Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks and eat a big feast. But you might want to skip overindulging in food and spirits.
The Mayo Clinic recommends you have a healthy snack before your holiday meal, avoid excessive alcohol use and try to limit sweets and cheeses.
Consider this a day to all pitch in. Don’t rely on one person or one family to provide all the food and drinks, which can be costly and stressful.
Turn Thanksgiving into a potluck where everyone is responsible for one or two items.
The holidays aren’t about perfection; they’re about spending time with the people you love.
“As we gear up for the holidays, we often set the bar impossibly high for ourselves and then feel upset when our celebrations don’t live up to expectations,” said Neda Gould, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and director of the Johns Hopkins Mindfulness Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Gould recommends you accept that imperfection is healthy and normal.
Above all, try not to lose sight of what Thanksgiving is all about. Find things to be grateful for and express your gratitude to your loved ones.
About Advena Living
At Advena Living, we are thankful to our employees who continue to work hard to care for our residents. Their compassion, commitment and kindness make residents at our communities feel at home.
Part of our guiding philosophy is that we strive to make the concept of “home” a real thing. It is our goal to ensure that each community member gets to live how they want to, on their own schedule, and is able to maintain those special daily pleasures, rituals and traditions that make them who they are.
Advena Living specializes in assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and long-term care throughout the state. We have seven locations in Bonner Springs, Cherryvale, Clay Center, Clearwater, Rose Hill, Topeka, and Wichita.