How To Host a Holiday Feast Without Letting Anxiety Get the Best of You

Thank you again to Julie Morris, writer and coach, for sharing some tips for hosting and cooking for the holidays! Although there are positives to families coming together, Julie helps anyone dealing with anxiety related to hosting.

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There are people who look forward to hosting holiday parties with joyful anticipation – and then there are those who dread it. If having everyone home for the holidays makes you anxious, Resiliency Mental Health has the following suggestions to help you combat the stress.

Ask in advance about dietary restrictions. While you can’t always accommodate everyone, having an option or two for guests with limited diets will be appreciated. Look for options that can cater to multiple people, such as recipes that are both dairy- and gluten-free.

Consider hosting a potluck. Not only is this a great way to relieve you of some stress, inviting everyone to bring a dish to share is a great way to help people mingle. Let everyone decide what to bring, or offer a list of suggestions and let people pick so there won’t be duplicate dishes.

If you find yourself getting too overwhelmed, take a break and relax. Whether it’s keeping up your exercise routine or taking five minutes to sit and focus on your breathing, taking a break can help keep your stress under control, so take time to practice self-care whenever you need it.

Hosting a holiday party is a lot of work, and if you’re not careful, the experience can trigger anxiety. With the right planning and plenty of self-care, however, you can enjoy every piece of the party-planning process.

Dr. Amy Marschall of Resiliency Mental Health is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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