Making sure the turkey is tender shouldn’t be your only concern on Thanksgiving Day. You need to think about yourself, too.
Yes, the women of the house are usually responsible for feeding everyone for the holiday and sending them home happy. However, try to reserve a few moments for yourself as you cook, serve, entertain and clean up. It’s good for your mental and physical health. Breaks are good for your mental and physical health — especially if you have concerns about varicose veins.
Take a deep breath, remember that the crush is temporary, and intersperse a glass of water between the slugs of wine. Also, if you are standing in front of the oven all day, please take a seat every once in awhile. Assign the basting to someone else and put your feet up. That will make it easier for the blood in your legs to pump back up to your heart and continue to circulate.
If someone you know has spent the day in front of the television, encourage that person to get up and walk around a little. The calf muscles need exercise to keep the blood moving, too.
No one expects you to watch your diet on the holiday, but plan to go back to healthy amounts by Monday, and keep up your exercise routine, too. Nothing will prevent varicose veins if you are genetically predisposed to them. But taking care of yourself, even in potentially stressful times, will probably slow down their development and help you feel good overall.
If you started to feel aches and soreness in your legs due to standing too long, please come in for a vein evaluation to make sure there are no medical concerns.