This Is How To Host A Relaxing Thanksgiving Dinner

November 15, 2018

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Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family around the dinner table and enjoy traditional favorites.  A rosy picture expect for the person (or people) involved in creating it!  There's a lot of pressure to get the food prepared and ready at the right time.  Not to mention that food better taste like it supposed to or your Thanksgiving might be known as "thanks for nothing.”  Not mention Christmas shopping and dealing with the fallout of your opinionated aunt bringing up the recent election. Well, don't worry! It’s totally normal to feel a heightened sense of anxiety or stress this time of year.  It can be hard to maintain perspective in the face of such high expectations. So this is how you handle these stresses: recognize the difference between what you can do, and what you want to do and “let it go.” If you can't stay at a party for longer than a half hour, that's totally fine. If you don't have time to make your signature pumpkin pie this year for Thanksgiving, that's OK. Experts will tell you that you have to please yourself first. So cut yourself some slack and let go of unrealistic holiday expectations. Remind yourself that it's not about the frosting on the cake being just right, nor is it about everyone having a really great Secret Santa gift. It's about giving warmth to people and opening your heart and home to people. Focus on your generosity and loving kindness; focus on your desire to be with others and to bring together loved ones. After all the leftovers are eaten, those "feel-good" memories will survive the test of time and you'll usher in less stress in your life!

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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