Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Meal planning is fiercely underway. Festivity is in the air. All of the preparation can be very stressful, especially if you are hosting a large gathering at your place.

Then, there’s the gathering itself, the people, and the food. Will the food come out right? Will everyone get along? For some, there’s an added concern of indigestion and challenging bodily functions, even while our mouths water over the image of pies and turkeys.

With any feast, there are three essential bodily concerns: your energy level, your body’s ability to digest food, and your ability to withstand stress during family get-togethers and preparing for one of the year’s busiest meals!

To shape your digestion and prepare your body ahead of time, try some of these energy exercises to keep you relaxed and calm, so that you can really enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  1. De-Stress the Body
    To cope with the stress of food prep and intricate family dynamics, you can stroke the area behind your ears to calm yourself. This movement is similar to tucking your hair behind your ears. Do it as often as possible.
  2. Boost Energy For more energy to handle chores and guests, you can simply massage a couple of points under your collarbones. Locate the tip of the collarbone under your throat and, moving down and out an inch, massage the points on both sides of the body.
  3. Beef Up the Digestion
    To give your stomach a hand while it works overtime during this time of the year, massage the lower edge of your breast tissue, starting from the sternum (middle of the chest) and moving in a semi-circle to the sides of the rib cage. For women, this is the path along your bra line. For men, this is a half-moon area within two inches around your nipples.

Starting today, take some time every day to do these simple and quick exercises. When Thanksgiving rolls around, you’ll be equipped with both skills and a better body to really enjoy the gathering, the people and the food.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Dan ZhouTips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

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