The holidays are a time for celebration and to get together with family. We share a meal, catch up with each other, and enjoy the company.
Although, sometimes, the holidays can come with a lot of stress. Whether you're the one preparing the feast, interacting with difficult family members, and being overwhelmed by a room full of people, the holidays can be a little stressful.
With Thanksgiving next week, here are some quick tips on making the day go as painless as possible.
If you're the one preparing the big feast, try to prepare as many meals ahead of time.
Cooking a turkey is time-consuming.
A lot of people tend to cook the turkey and other oversized items the day of.
They spend the majority of the day in the kitchen and not enough time enjoying company.
If you're one of these people, try to prepare as much food as you can a day or two before and put in the oven or zap it in the microwave when it's almost time to eat.
Don't be afraid to cook and carve that turkey a day ahead and heat it the next day in the oven. It will still turn out delicious, and you can enjoy your company.
Don't be afraid to accept help from others.
If your mother-in-law pops her head in the kitchen and offers to help you, it's very easy to shoo them off and say, "I've got this."
But giving them tasks like preparing the salad or setting the table can help meal prep go smoother.
Don't be afraid to step out. This goes for anyone. If you feel overwhelmed by the number of people in the room, whether you're celebrating at your house or someone else's, it's very easy to feel a little claustrophobic.
Don't be afraid to “hideaway” for a moment to collect yourself.
Find a place where you can get some space. Sit in an empty bedroom or bathroom or stand on the front porch to get some air, for example.
This can give you a space to get away from the hustle and bustle inside the house.
Remember that everyone will leave.
Some family members are difficult to deal with. No matter what, they will always feel the need to put their 2 cents into everything. They'll judge how your house looks, the way you prepared the food, and what you should and shouldn’t be doing.
The same goes for family members who make comments or argue about opposing political views or lifestyle choices.
It's up to you whether to speak up if they cross a line. You might also decide to just let it slide depending on the comment, since you only see these people once or twice a year.
Remember that they will leave eventually and if you need to, remember to take a step back by finding a space to collect yourself.
Try to keep sensitive topics under control and off the table.
Thanksgiving is a time to laugh and spend time with family, but if things get too demanding, take a look at the quick tips above on how to make things go a little smoother.