I just hung up the phone with Terry K. from Livonia, MI, a suburb of Detroit. She has been a customer of ours for over four years. After placing her reorder from some tart cherry juice concentrate and dried cherries, she mentioned that this weekend many members of her family were coming into town. Her and her siblings switch off hosting the Thanksgiving dinner and this year was her turn. She mentioned she really enjoys see her family including cousins, her siblings, nieces and nephews and parents, but she said it can get a little stressful. The reason is that some of the family members follow different political affiliations. So they sometimes "pleasantly" disagree on many of the political issues of the day. :-) In addition, her brother and some of the in-laws also differ on the traditional Thanksgiving football game between Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. Being from the Detroit area myself, I’m a dedicated Loin’s fan. Over the years some statements have been said and some anger still linger. After a few minutes of talking about the upcoming holidays, she thanked me for listening and wished me and my family a Happy Thanksgiving. Once I hung up the phone, I started thinking about a post I wrote several weeks back about managing stress during the coming holidays. In today's post, I would like to share some practical tips to help minimize stress during the coming holidays. In addition to the tips, I have include a link to download the free book and workbook containing more tips and information you can use to minimize stress during this joyous time of year. Here some quick tips to get started below:
Be Realistic: The holidays don’t have to be perfect to enjoy. As additional members enter the family, weddings, births etc., or as members leave, divorce, funerals, etc. traditions and the dynamics of the gather will change. Embrace this change as a learning experience. Create new experiences and traditions, etc.
Set Differences Aside: Try to accept everyone who attends the holidays as they are, even if they don’t live up to your expectations. Try to understand and work through a situation if someone gets upset. Chances are almost everyone who attends the holiday meal usually will feel a little uncertain, too.
Stick to a Budget: Don’t overspend on food and gifts. Simply do what you can and don’t worry about anything other than what you can do.
Take a Breather: Find some time to spend by yourself. This could mean taking a walk during the football game when tempers may get heated about a specific team. Listen to some soothing muscle while cooking dinner to break the tension, it any exists in the house.