Handling the holiday without stress
What people in Wisconsin are doing to manage stress
WAUKESHA - The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest grocery shopping days of the year, second only to the day before Christmas, and with so many things to buy, lines to wait in and places to go it can be hard to not get stressed out.
“Trying to meet expectations of all the other people while still continuing your normal lifestyle which seems to be getting stressful enough,” Jim Royten tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka.
And those expectations can run high with couples, "This will be the first year I'm going to my family's thanksgiving and then my girlfriend's thanksgiving so it's been kind of hectic," Bryan Rayborn explains.
So Rayborn’s girlfriend, Erin Milaeger, said how she deals with the holiday stress, "It's hard, but you just have to kind of just have to be yourself and just go."
And when it comes to traffic, Certified Laughter Leader Diane Kane says she has the answer, "You will feel much better if you just let go and go ‘hahaha’ because as long as you are going to be stuck in traffic, why should you start to feel stressed?"
But staying home can create even more stress, many grocery shoppers said planning has helped with all the turkey day tasks. Joe Soater says picking up the grocery list may be the easy part, "Stick to the recipes, a lot of times when people do their own thing they might mess it up a little bit. Get a little too stressed out, enjoy the time with your family."
If the family is the reason behind rising blood pressure, maybe Brad McGovern’s favorite two Thanksgiving staples will help, "Turkey and football and there's no Packers game to stress me out!"
"Take a deep breath and enjoy it for what it really is," Royten says.