Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Stress-Free Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving happening tomorrow and the stress building up with questions like ‘Will I run out of food? Will the turkey finish thawing? What if no one shows up?’ Well let me advise you, there are ways to lessen the stress this turkey day.

Stress isn't a friend to MS fighters, so take a deep breath, understand that if you make it through the entire Thursday without a nap, you are a superhero!

Tip 1: Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Take a minute to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in your PJ’s. Don’t turn on the TV while cooking or getting ready. Sit down with your morning brew and snuggle up to a festive time.
If you have kids, this is a fantastic tradition to begin with them, they won’t even know it’s actually for you to rest!

Tip 2: Divide the Duties

Don’t fret if your in-laws are bugging you to bring an item to Thanksgiving dinner…hello! Take them up on the offer! Divide & conquer should be your motto. If you take on the entire feast, you are probably going to make everyone you live with miserable while preparing. You’re laughing aren’t you, because you know that will happen!

Also, for kid-friendly households, have your spouse entertain the kiddos so you can have the time needed to get the scrumptious feast under way. You really don’t want them under your feet all day while checking on the turkey.

Tip 3: Breathe

Last but not least, breathe. You will be tired, you will want to scream, so don’t overload yourself. Enjoy the time with family and friends and know that everything will fall into place.
Consider your Thanksgiving dinner a success if you don’t burn down the kitchen, then you will exceed your expectations when the whole night goes wonderfully well!

I hope this helps but I have to admit, I don’t plan to really ‘follow’ any of these rules(except watching the parade). Hypocrite? I think not…I've taken the ultimate stress-reliever by making lunch reservations! Perhaps that should be Tip #4?