What’s the best thing about Thanksgiving?  Is it the food, family or fun? Wait. Don’t answer that. We won’t make you choose just one.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it can be a very exciting time of the year, but it can also be a bit overwhelming for some. With so many different things going on it’s hard to keep up. Do you ever find yourself running in circles this time of the year? Don’t let it happen to you. Don’t be a victim to overstimulation. Try to remember that the holidays are for you to enjoy, not to get stressed out about – if you can avoid it.

Here are 5 ways to avoid the holiday stress this year: 

Don’t sign up for too much. It’s OK to say no. Are you that person that wants to help with everything but find yourself in a heap of trouble when you’ve accidentally overbooked? Keep your Calendar book close by and look it over before you say yes or no to anything new. You’ll actually be doing yourself and your friends a favor by not taking on too much.

Try not to over eat. Yes, the turkey and dressing is absolutely irresistible. It’s hard to say no. If you’re like many people and have problems NOT eating every crumb on your plate, here’s a quick tip. When you are served a delicious meal, immediately cut the portions in half and ask for a to-go box. Put the other half in the box and take the leftovers home to enjoy another time.

Set a budget for spending. Ah! The cute little turkey decorations and pumpkin spiced everything! It’s hard not to spend more than expected this time of the year. Try to set a maximum amount and limit how much you spend. Tell a friend or a loved one about your plan. They might be able to help you stay accountable and on track.

If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Year after year people try to top the year prior and the year before that. Why? Traditions are a beautiful thing. Studies show that repetitive behaviors are actually good for you! So why not stick with what’s worked in the past and have a great time while you’re doing it. This helps people to understand and know what to expect year after year. If it starts to get stale, mix it up slightly. But don’t try to change everything in one year. That could definitely stress anyone out.

Do what the doctor orders! Have you ever heard someone say: “Are you asking me if I’m supposed to eat that or if I do eat that?” With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many people forget what they’re supposed to be doing and fall off the proverbial wagon. Eating things you’re not supposed to or failing to do your regular exercises can actually make you feel worse. Gaining weight over the holidays is definitely something that makes people feel blue. Continue with what the doctor tells you to do and you’ll find yourself feeling great.

Make it a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season! We hope that a few of these tips might be able to help make it more enjoyable.

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