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Help! How to lower Thanksgiving stress

Posted on November 24, 2015

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(CNN) - Writing a story about Thanksgiving stress is ironic, because I don't personally feel stressed at all as the holiday fast approaches. I keep waiting for the stress to hit me like a sledgehammer, especially since we are hosting for the first time in more than five years and my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law, whom I adore, keep asking if I'm sure I really want to host.

"Are they trying to tell me something?" I wonder to myself.

The stress will undoubtedly kick in when I start cooking turkey for only the second time in my life, along with stuffing and side dishes I'm still Googling how to make. Add in an exhausted husband and children hoping for pie before dinner -- and the pressure that Thanksgiving is my family's favorite holiday of the year -- and the anxiety begins to climb.

So, what to do when you feel the stress level starting to rise? Reach out to others and ask them how they cope this time of the year.

Reality puts stress in perspectiveThere is nothing that really puts all the stress, worry and anxiety over Thanksgiving in perspective like tragic events of our world, such as the Paris attacks.

"Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because I feel that even for a brief moment, every American gets real about getting grateful," said Amy Jordan, a mother of two and creator of WundaBar Pilates. "There's power behind stopping to recognize who is important and a blessing to you in life. It takes away the power of stress by focusing on the truth of what counts."

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