Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family come together – which can be a wonderful thing. But it can also be stressful, with lots of expectations to have the best Thanksgiving ever, or to get along with relatives you don’t know (or don’t particularly like).
The thought of traveling home can also be anxiety-inducing – not to mention the actual logistics of dealing with busy airports, jam-packed roads and delays. If you live far away from your family, getting home for Thanksgiving can raise your heart rate and make your skin crawl.
It’s a real conundrum: you want to see your family, eat all the good food, and have some much-needed downtime to relax – but traveling, especially during busy periods, can be a real trigger for anxiety in some people.
And for those who are hosting, the pressure to prepare the perfect meal and create a welcoming environment can be overwhelming.
For others, it can be the focus on food during the holidays that’s stressful. Whether you feel guilty about all the snacking, or you have a history of disordered eating and feel uncomfortable eating in front of others, Thanksgiving can bring up all sorts of emotions around food.
You see, everyone has their own anxieties and stresses, especially around coming together over the holiday season. But there’s room for everyone at the table – and you just need to do what you have to to get through the busy holiday season.