5 Tips To Preparing For Your Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Thanksgiving Day is upon us!

How can we prepare AND enjoy our big Thanksgiving Day celebration without feeling rushed, overcommitted, and frazzled?

 Start planning now! 

      1. Make a grocery list - What do you already have and what will you need?
      2. Make a guest list - Who are you inviting to your feast? What dish will they bring?
      3. Make a to-do list - What needs to get done before guests arrive and when does it need to get done by

 Schedule time each day to work on your to-do list 

      1. What can be done now?
      2. What can be done a week before?
      3. What must happen the day before?
      4. What must happen the day of?

 Ask for help! 

      1. Delegate responsibilities so you don’t have to do everything yourself
      2. Ask each guest to bring something (side dish, beverages, napkins, etc.)
      3. Hire a maid service or enlist your kids to help with cleaning
      4. Cater in food so you don’t have to do all the cooking!

 Take care of yourself 

      1. Drink plenty of water (you should drink half your body weight in ounces - if you weigh 150 pounds, then you need 75 ounces minimum per day)
      2. Graze on food - eat 3 moderate meals and 2 light snacks per day; make sure you eat every 3-4 hours so your blood sugar doesn’t drop and causes headaches, nausea, or irritability
      3. Sleep 7-9 hours per night - avoid sacrificing sleep to get more done; this will not help you and could leave your immune system depleted, making you more susceptible to illness
      4. Perform light-moderate physical activity for 30-60 minutes 5 days per week - Yes, sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming, scrubbing floors ALL count as physical activity so it’s OKAY to use this as exercise as long as you are continuously moving and your heart rate is getting elevated; Otherwise, take a break from all the preparations and go for a 20-minute walk 2x/day

 Watch your body mechanics 

    1. How you move is important!
    2. Avoid bending at the waist to lift items from the floor
    3. Avoid twisting at the waist and use your feet to move your body the direction you need to go
    4. Use your legs to squat and lift or lunge forward when reaching
    5. Use a stable step stool or step ladder with a handle to reach items overhead
    6. Ask for help when lifting heavy items



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