Friends and family surround you during the holidays. These can be times of joy, anxiety, or a combination.
At Thanksgiving, many of us gather around families. We love our families, but a multigenerational gathering is a crush of personalities, histories, and habits. The big meal requires cooks to stick to their menus or accommodate a host of dislikes, quirks, and diets. Dinner guests have to accept foods and styles of cooking they don’t like or disrespect diet choices.
Here are a few tips for hosts and guests to make the holidays bright:
- Set boundaries
- Ask for help
- Only go to events you actually want to attend
- Change topics
- Focus on getting along, not winning arguments
- Bring a friend to act as a buffer and keep family members on their best behavior in front of someone who isn’t a relative
- Don’t use alcohol to manage stress
- It would help if you avoid alcohol, but you can use other drinks and foods to calm your nerves.
- Herbal teas
- Leafy greens
- Zinc-rich foods such as lobsters, beans, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and whole grains
- Probiotic foods, including yogurt, kimchi, and kefir
- Foods bursting with B vitamins, like bananas, avocados, oats, and poultry
With these strategies, the holidays will be a time of comfort and joy.