Want to keep things peaceful when your family gathers for Thanksgiving? It's possible.
"There are a lot of reasons why your emotions might be a bit more on edge during a holiday family gathering," said Dr. Alex Kowalski, an assistant professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Rowan University in Stratford, N.J.
"But by adding a pinch of preparation and a dash of patience, you can turn a long weekend into a recipe for a harmonious holiday," he said in a university news release.
Kowalski offers the following suggestions:
The bottom line? Don't expect everything to be perfect, avoid scheduling too many activities, and give yourself extra time to return home and unwind before going back to work or school.
The American Psychological Association offers tips for managing holiday stress.
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