Here in America, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the holiday during which we – you guessed it – give thanks.

There’s a whole bunch of other stuff mixed in there like safely landing in the New World and Pilgrims and Native Americans and harvests and Abraham Lincoln making it official in 1863, but this isn’t a history blog, okay?

It’s a mental health blog.

As such, I thought it’d be beneficial to post some information about dealing with stress during the holidays, because, let’s face it – the holidays can get pretty freaking stressful, for different reasons for different people:

  • Strained family relationships.
  • Loneliness or missing loved ones.
  • Striving to make sure everything is perfect.
  • Juggling everyday activities like work with major holiday preparations like cleaning and cooking.
  • Negative associations with family gatherings or holiday celebrations.

Yep, sounds like there’s potential for stress there, to me.

Fortunately, there are ways you can deal with holiday stress. Before everyone sits down at the table tomorrow, check out these resources for dealing with Thanksgiving stress:

Of course, most of these tips can help carry you through the entire holiday season, all the way to Christmas and New Year’s.

So, readers: What have YOU done to prepare for potential stress tomorrow, and throughout the holiday season? Any past horror stories you can share to help others? Tips that helped you survive?