Quote of the Day!
“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
Speaking of rest, Thanksgiving break will be here before we know it! The five-day weekend seems to go by really fast and we wish that it could be longer (shout-out to you, winter break). It’s important that we take some time to catch up with family and relax. Here are some tips to having a wonderful Thanksgiving, no matter what stresses may come.
- Family Nonsense?
Sometimes, family can be a bit much. All the aunts and uncles and cousins can be very… interesting, to say the least. When it comes to the Conyers’ family dynamic, our gatherings can be less-than-heartwarming. Some family members tend put my siblings and me on the hot-seat and pry into our personal business. And let’s not forget the guilt trips that comes with the typical question of “You don’t remember me do you?” from people I barely recognize! If your families are anything like mine, then you know what I’m talking about, and sometimes we would rather just avoid the awkwardness altogether.
Even though uncomfortable encounters can happen, we just have to remember that it can be just as embarrassing for them as well. Many times extended family members just want to know what’s been going on; they probably really care about you and want to catch up. True, there are some members of the family that you know you don’t really favor, but leave the drama for another day and be cordial. That negativity just sours Thanksgiving, and being friendly towards them will make everyone feel better in the long run.
In this society, we tend to drift away from the values of family. For me, the crazier the family is, the more you learn! So try not to dread the questions or strange antic…in fact, embrace them. Better yet, ask them about their lives and show them that you are grateful for their time, as you might only get to see them during the holidays. Laugh about embarrassing instances that might come up.
For the relatives who have escaped your memory, just apologize for not remembering and make the effort to get to know them. It never hurts to make new family connections.
- Food Mishaps?
How can we talk about Thanksgiving without talking about all that food? It’s the best part, right? While it is without a doubt delicious and what most of us look forward to, things can get a little hairy (not a good word to use with food, but you know what I mean). First, someone’s gotta cook all that goodness. Accidents can happen and it can be quite a load to handle, especially if it sits on the shoulders of only a few people. Then when it comes to eating, the guiltiness comes back in the form of feeling self-conscious about how much you’re putting on a plate. Then you start fretting, but you still eat, so it turns into a cycle.
Food is an art and sometimes it is hard to be artistic when you have to feed a big group, especially if they are rushing to get it all done. I don’t know everything about cooking yet, but that doesn’t mean it has to prevent me from doing my part. Seems like a lot of work, but helping with even the smallest task can make the difference needed to keep everyone’s sanity.
Just setting the table lets your family know that you are appreciative of their efforts. And believe it or not, but preparing food can be loads of fun! The sense of accomplishment you get when seeing everyone dig into a meal that made you put in work can be just as satisfying as the food itself. (Don’t forget to help clean up afterwards!)
Over-eating on Thanksgiving can can cause regret. If I knew more about the calorie counts and how to portion out meals, I would try to give tips on how to make that easier on Thanksgiving. I’m limited in that department.
But I have a thing or two to say about the emotional aspect behind it. Self-consciousness contradicts what the holiday is about; being thankful. Give yourself some credit and recognize the worth you already have. Obviously, if you’re concerned over the calorie count, that means that you are aware of what you eat and you probably have been on top of your game when it comes to that. I’m giving you props, and you should be giving them to yourself, too. Remember that you alone are not the only one thinking about calories, and be willing to give yourself a break from time to time.
Regardless of the holiday that’s occurring, always remember the meaning behind it. Memories you make during this time of year really will become special and over time, and that will stick as a force of positive thinking to fight stress.
Quick run through of how my week of soothing music went! I thought it did help me calm down after a crazy day, but only if I stopped whatever I was doing and just listened. When I would try to work on homework and listen at the same time, I found that my attention would stray away from my work, and I would start to zone out. When I listen to my music, I don’t get distracted as much, so it was weird that this was happening. In a sense, though, it was a good distraction that made me feel at ease when I would focus on the music.
For my next “stress-relief week,” I’m going to fix my posture! I came across an article called “Posture and Mood: A Two Way Street,” and it made me realize that my posture fluctuates as my mood changes. When I’m more confident, I walk tall and tend to stride, whereas I slouch and shuffle my feet when I’m not with it. So I’m going to exaggerate my posture to see if it really affects my attitude, which I think it will.
From here on out, I’m going to pretend that the halls are my runway, and I encourage you to do the same! See you then!