Tips to avoid stressing this Thanksgiving

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Counselors in Wichita say they are slammed this week. It's the time of year when many people feel stressed or depressed.

Clinical Social Worker, Sharon O'Neill, said her best advice is to use breathing techniques.

"The important thing is people will do it a few times and say, well, it didn't work," said O'Neill. "You have to do it for a minimum of two minutes. It works on a biological basis. It will work to keep your anxiety down."

When you get anxious or stressed, you stop breathing or your breath is shallow.

"You're not getting blood to your brain, so as you relax and breathe deep you're oxygenating your blood, and you're getting more oxygen to the brain so that you think clearer and you feel calmer," said O'Neill.

She said many people worry about arguments when the whole family is at the table. She said you should change the conversation to something positive if conversation gets heated.

"Like creating some ritual where we all go around and each member presents and talks about one or two things they're thankful for or one or two interesting things that are happening on their job or at school," said O'Neill.

She also said it helps to limit your expectations to avoid disappointment.

"Let go of expectations, and see it as an opportunity to connect with some people that we don't get to see very often," said O'Neill. "We're going to have a better time."