How to survive Thanksgiving break – Part I

Have you looked at the calendar yet? Thanksgiving is this week.  You’ll be enjoying a few much-needed days off from school and having dinner with your family. Oh, but that means you’ll have to deal with your family.

Maybe you have:

  • an annoying aunt who always asks really personal questions during dinner
  • pesky little cousins who are loud and messy
  • a brother who think he knows everything and you don’t
  • a sister who thinks she’s dad’s favorite and does everything she can to make it so

No matter what your family challenges, we have some tongue-in-cheek suggestions on how to can successfully deal with all of them.

  • Prepare yourself for the potential stresses, whether that means yoga, an extra workout or an additional session with your therapist.
  • Before you’re asked if you’re seeing anyone or what you plan to do with your major, have an answer ready, even if you make the whole thing up.
  • When it’s time to go around the table and say what you’re grateful for, have a sweet, syrupy, sentimental answer ready about the person you like least at the table. It’ll totally blow his or her mind.
  • Chow down. While conventional wisdom dictates that people tend to put on 5 to 10 pounds during the holidays, the truth is the average person gains less than a pound.
  • Be grateful. After all, you have a few days off from school. You’re with people who love you. And you’re going to eat a pretty good meal.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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