Happy Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for you!

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for you!

We’re close to the most wonderful time of the year! (That’s what other people call it, anyway.)

I remember seeing Kmart holiday shopping layaway ads back in September and quickly denounced: “No!”

Sure, the holidays can be—and frequently are—the best time of the year, but if you’re tasked with being the planner or organizer in your family or group of friends, it can become taxing.

Similarly, reuniting with Aunt Mildred who gives you the third-degree on your work and love life can be equally as stressful. If you’re not careful, a burden can quickly balloon into something more serious.

Here are a three tips to keep the jolly during this time of the year:

Tip one: It’s not the holidays just yet.  Don’t let your mind get caught up in what has yet to arrive! It won’t be Thanksgiving for a good few weeks, too. You’ve still got a bit of time to leave it behind.

Tip two: But it will be soon, so plan.  Just because it won’t be the holidays for a few weeks, doesn’t mean to leave it completely out of your mind. Planning is always a good strategy, and it’s most definitely true for the holidays as well. There are so many moving parts when it comes to this time of the year; try not to let there be a chance of losing control.

Tip three: Know your limits.  Or simply, don’t say yes when you mean no. This goes for everything—from cooking the turkey to resolving to the fact that you won’t fix that one pesky familial relationship in one holiday. It’s OK to say no; in fact, it’s healthy to do so!

This year, all of us at The Youth & Family Center and Federation of Families Miami-Dade Chapter have quite a lot to be thankful for—and nothing quite tops the list as much as our relationships with South Florida Behavioral Health Network, the Department of Children and Families, and all of our valued partners and participants. We’re beyond grateful of all we have been able to accomplish together this year, and we look forward to another year of invaluable collaboration! Thank you.

On behalf of everyone at The Youth & Family Center, we wish all of our partners and participants a safe, stress-free, and—above all—a very happy Thanksgiving!


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