The season of sharing and gratitude is upon us. A time of eating turkey, pumpkin pie and the extremely healthy egg-nog (healthy for your taste buds). We sit with family and enjoy quality time with our loved ones.
No anxiety here, right? WRONG
Let us talk about that and dive into some exercises using our spirituality to help you quit anxiety cold-turkey for Thanksgiving.
All too many people suffer from anxiety during Thanksgiving. They are worried if they will burn the turkey , worried if dinner will be prepared in time, worried about seating, worried about family they have not seen in months that tend to start drama (we all have that one cousin…) worried about what people will think of their house and a lot of other triggers. For many people, being in a social environment is difficult in itself.
What is supposed to be a fun day of family, becomes a day of anxiety and avoiding panic attacks.
Exercises to Quit Anxiety Cold-Turkey for Thanksgiving
- Begin the day with prayer and/or meditation. Make your intentions known during this time, ask for guidance
- Make a list of the things you need to accomplish and when you will accomplish them. Make sure things that take more time (such as roasting the bird) are slotted for early enough in the day that you will not feel rushed or anxious over the cooking time. As you begin this list, say Bismillah or In the name of God. Everything can be done with good intentions with God-consciousness
- Delegate duties to loved ones in order to make it easier on you and this increases family time. Ask your kids to help make the green bean casserole, ask Aunt Sarah to bring the potatoes , ask Uncle Adam to set up the seating (you get the idea)
- Don’t rush, enjoy the day with family and be thankful they are with you
- When you sit to eat, begin with a small prayer then share with family what you are thankful for and express gratitude to everyone for helping
- Don’t feel that you have to clean up right away, it is okay to sit with some pie and relax with family. Cleaning can wait.
- Once again, delegate duties to loved ones. Ask for help to clean up and do the stack of dishes.
- Afterwards, demonstrate thanks to your higher power. For Muslims this can be done by saying Alhamdulillah (All Thanks/Praise to God)
Turkey Jokes for the Kids
If you have a houseful of kids, this can increase anxiety with the yelling, running and occasional child falling over. Print out this list of turkey jokes and give it to the kids so they can have fun making silly jokes with one another. You can also let them work on a craft such as creating turkeys by tracing their hands.
- What do you call a rude turkey?
- What does a one-legged turkey say?
- Why did the turkey cross the road?
To prove he wasn’t chicken!
- What is the turkey’s favorite type of tree?
- Why do turkeys make bad baseball players?
They only hit fowl balls!
- What do you call a bird that’s bad at bowling?
A gutter ball turkey!
- What do you call an over-caffeinated turkey?
This time of year can be expensive and anxiety can be triggered, however, if you stay mindful of your own feelings you can identify the situations that are difficult for you and utilize positive coping skills to alleviate your anxiety. Remember to take time at the beginning, middle and end of your day to pray and/or meditate. Reflect on the day you have had and give thanks for your blessings.