Did I remember to turn the oven off? 5 Ways to reduce Holiday Stress and Keep the Happy in Thanksgiving.

Did I remember to turn the oven off? 5 Ways to reduce Holiday Stress and Keep the Happy in Thanksgiving.

Ah the image of a Norman Rockwell family holiday. Everyone gathered around a beautifully adorned table, extended to its capacity to fit the entire family. The hours of preparations in the kitchen now but a vapor. Your family anxiously takes their places ready to dig in. You on the other hand collapse with exhaustion in your seat wondering if you remembered to turn the oven off. You’ve spent the last three days baking pies, making side dishes, decorating and now it’s finally here. But what if you forgot something or it doesn’t measure up to all you hoped it would be? It’s ok! The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, not to be a burden. Yet with all the stressors of schedules and getting it all done, we can feel overwhelmed. What can you do to lighten your load, enjoy the day, and put the ‘Happy’ back in Thanksgiving? Review your expectations and keep it in perspective Are you realistically looking at the holiday or are you building it up in a way that will only leave you disappointed? Keep your expectations in check and put the day in perspective. Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for all that you have and to share it with family or friends.  Set boundaries. This year has been a politically charged year to say the least. If you know you don’t see eye to eye with your Uncle Matt on politics, don’t bring up politics across the Thanksgiving table. And, if someone else brings up that taboo topic or any others that should be off limits, be ready to redirect. Remember...

7 Holiday Survival Tips

Copyright:sandralise /123RF Stock Photo Can you feel it? There’s been a palpable change in the air…it’s almost as though you can tangibly feel the holiday excitement.  With growing to-do lists, and plans still taking shape, it takes conscious effort not to get swept in the frenzy of holiday stress.  And, if you are like most people you may feel that regardless of the amount of time you put into your holiday preparations, there is one thing that can still attempt to derail your holiday celebrations…family. Regardless of how easily our families get along, sometimes different personalities get the best of us making the holidays feel unpredictable and stressful. Maybe you too can recognize a few of these relatives? One-upper– The one-uppers seem compelled to top any and all stories they hear. They are quick to share their story that is a “one better” to whatever anyone else shares.  When Aunt Martha shares that she finally made it to that Broadway show she’s wanted to go to her entire life, the one-upper quickly shares that they not only went to the same play, but they had front row seats, a back stage tour, and met several cast members. It’s all about me – Every roads lead to the “all about me” relatives. There’s no mistaking when they arrive because the so boldly announce their presence. They’re famous for hijacking conversation both in content and volume. The Gossip– Unlike the “it’s all about me” relatives, with these family members, it’s all about everyone else. They long to share everyone else’s news whether it’s appropriate or not. The boundary-less– Your business is their business. They pry, they prod,...

7 Holiday Survival Tips for Dealing with “Challenging” Relatives

  Can you feel it? There’s been a palpable change in the air…it’s almost as though you can tangibly feel the holiday excitement.  With growing to-do lists, and plans still taking shape, it takes conscious effort not to get swept in the frenzy of holiday stress.  And, if you are like most people you may feel that regardless of the amount of time you put into your holiday preparations, there is one thing that can derail your holiday celebrations… family. Regardless of how easily our families get along, sometimes different personalities get the best of us making the holidays feel unpredictable and stressful. Maybe you too can recognize a few of these relatives? One-upper – The one-uppers seem compelled to top any and all stories they hear. They are quick to share their story that is a “one better” to whatever anyone else shares.  When Aunt Martha shares that she finally made it to that Broadway show she’s wanted to go to, the one-upper quickly shares that they not only went to the same play, but they had front row seats and a back stage tour.  It’s all about me – Every roads lead to the “all about me” relatives. What ever topic you bring up, seemingly with in seconds, they’ve hijacked your story and are telling one of their own that likely has nothing to do with the original story. The Gossip – Unlike the “it’s all about me” relatives, with these family members, it’s all about everyone else. They long to share everyone else’s news whether it’s appropriate or not. The boundary-less – Your business is their...