Or, maybe you're glad about avoiding a couple of days at work that you don't care much about anyway, can't wait to stuff your face with all that food that's going to be available, and are coming up with ways to avoid conversations with relatives who tend not to mind their own business?
Maybe you even DREAD getting together with certain family members because of unpleasant past events that are still fresh in your memory and still full of emotional charge. Maybe you aren't excited about all that cooking and cleaning. Maybe you're on a diet (again).
How do we break the cycle?! How do we preserve our sanity (or, whatever is left of it anyway)?
Try using this EFT protocol:
On a scale 0-10, with 10 being as high as possible, identify your current uneasiness about Thanksgiving. That's your starting point.
Karate Chop:"Even though I can't think of even one thing to be grateful for, because my life is a mess and I have all these problems, I give myself permission to relax and be kind to myself right now anyway.
"Even though it's highly unlikely that I'll enjoy myself at the Thanksgiving dinner, with everyone pushing all of my buttons, I choose to love and accept myself in spite of it."
"Even though I really don't feel like doing this silly tapping right now, and there's too much to do anyway, I choose to accept all of my feelings, even the most negative ones, and tap them away completely."
Take a deep breath and exhale slowly...
Eyebrow: My life is such a mess.
Side of eye: How can I be grateful for anything?!
Under eye: For this family of nosy people?
Under nose: For this bad economy?
Chin: For my annoying neighbors?
Collarbone: For my selfish children?
Under arm: For my self-centered spouse?
Lower rib: Oh, poor me! Why ME? Why always me?
Top of head: How am I supposed to get this out of my system? I'm not even sure where to start!
EB: There must be a way...
SE: But I can't seem to be able to let go of my grudges.
UE: What if I allowed myself to take it easy?
UN: What if I just let it all go?
CH: Maybe I can change!
CB: No I can't - I've always been this way
UA: But, I give myself permission to do give it a try and let it all go
LR: I choose to let go of my grudges right now
TH: I choose to feel calm and safe. It feels good to be me.
Take a deep breath and relax. Check your level of distress again. Did it go down? Ideally, you want to bring it down to a zero. If needed, you can go and do a new round of tapping. Good luck!