While this time of year is often filled with joy and excitement, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. As you are preparing for finals and planning your holiday activities, whether it’s a trip home or staying put, learning how to deal with these stresses will help you have a more enjoyable holiday.
Here are some tips to help reduce stress this holiday season:
• Let your family know about your plans and preferences for the holiday before you arrive home. Listen to their preferences and plans as well.
• Make certain your plans include your family in some way. Think of some things you have in common with them or things you enjoy doing with them and request to do those things. Include your parents in the planning and scheduling of these activities.
• Discuss with your parents regarding changes, i.e. curfew. Negotiation may need to occur.
• Be prepared for the endless questions from family. How was this semester for you? What’s your GPA? What’s your major again? What are you going to do with that? Have you met any new friends? What clubs have you joined? Why did you choose that one? There are literally infinite questions that your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and just about everybody else in your family can and will ask. Be completely prepared to feel like you’re being interviewed for a job based on how well this semester went.
• Have a lot of tasks to complete? Make a to-do list in chronological order to minimize stress.
• Gift exchanges! Enjoy the present and try not to worry about what may be lacking.
• Stay active and continue to eat a balanced diet.
• Make time for yourself and your needs, even when hosting guests in your house.
• Keep tabs on your holiday spending. Make a budget and stick to it, no exceptions.
• Learn to say no. It’s OK not to do everything.
• Renew your lease! Reduce stress down the road and renew your lease before the holidays!
Friendsgiving: The celebration of Thanksgiving dinner with your friends.
Whether you can’t make it home for the holiday or you just want to host a Thanksgiving dinner before or after the normal day, Friendsgivings can be a blast!
Tips on Hosting a Stellar Friendsgiving:
1- Host makes the Turkey
2- Delegate the rest of the dishes to your guests
3- Plan ahead to make sure it fits with your guests’ schedule
4- Every kind of potato you can think of…
5- Theme your dinner
6- Have everyone dress up like pilgrims (but really it would be hilarious!)
7- Designate a table to desserts… they are after all their own food group
For more Friendsgiving advice check out the article below!
Fall is all about cooler weather, changing leaves and most importantly Pumpkin flavored everything! The pumpkin craze is sweeping the nation and more items every day are featuring a limited-time-only pumpkin flavor! So what better way to spend a Fall Saturday morning than with some homemade Pumpkin Spice flavored pancakes! What you’ll need: • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 1 tablespoon white sugar • 2 teaspoons of baking powder • 1 teaspoons of baking soda • ½ teaspoon salt • 1 cup pumpkin puree • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • ½ teaspoon ground ginger • ½ teaspoon ground allspice • 1 egg • 1 ½ cups milk • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil 1. Combine flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl, and whisk together for two minutes to aerate. 2. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, egg, milk, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix in the flour mixture, and stir just until moistened. (Do not overmix) 3. Coat skillet with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil over medium heat4 4. Pour batter into skillet ¼ cup at a time and cook the pancakes until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Recipe found at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/219167/chef-johns-pumpkin-pancakes/