Guide to coping with Thanksgiving stress

Updated: Nov. 23, 2016 at 6:57 PM EST
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(WTVM) - Thanksgiving is just about here, and it's the time of year when many people begin to feel overwhelmed.

So what are you going to do about it?

Thanksgiving is when many families reconnect, but it can also be a very stressful time.

While we can't improve your family, perhaps we can improve your mood and help you get through the holiday with your sanity intact.

We spoke with Dr. Rizwan Khan with Saint Francis Psychiatry about managing stress for the holiday.

He says the key to a successful Thanksgiving is planning. Know what needs to get done, when it needs to be done, and how much manpower and time it's going to take you.

There's no better way to derail a calm evening than by scrambling at the last minute to make sure your turkey is cooked through, the gravy isn't burning, or there's enough seating for all your guests.

Here's are some other tips from the doctor:

"Sometimes it's hard but you can also learn how to say no to certain commitments so you don't overextend yourself and don't feel overwhelmed that can be helpful and then set aside 10 to 15 minutes a day for you to unwind and also continue some type of physical activity," Dr. Khan said.

In case you're wondering what the biggest holiday stressors are, Dr. Khan says the top is money, second is scheduling conflicts and third is unhealthy habits.

So the best thing to remember as you gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season is to take a deep breath and realize it won't last forever.

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