These ideas can help you turn an ordinary meal into a stress-reducing tool. Put them into action as soon as tonight.
Whether you’re dining alone or with loved ones, it’s important to take time to slow down and savor the food in front of you. You’ll enjoy your meal more, and you will get a nice break from your busy day. These ideas may help you enjoy your time at the table even more.
Dress up the table. Break out the nice linens and “good” dishes at least once a week (even if that only means ceramic plates instead of paper ones). Add some kind of festive centerpiece, like fresh flowers, a seasonal decoration, or bowl of red apples.
Serve a special beverage. Stir up your own Bubbly Iced Tea, or savor a steaming mug of Maxwell House coffee.
Change the scenery. Your meal will feel more special if you serve it in a different location, such as the dining room table if you normally eat in the kitchen.
Give conversation a boost. If you’re dining with other people, here are some questions that can get the words flowing: What was the best thing that happened today? What did you think of the movie we just rented? What should we do together this weekend? What is your favorite memory from this past summer or holiday season?
Gather together for dessert. If you can’t sit down with your family for dinner, agree to gather at the table for coffee and dessert later in the evening. A slice of elegant Low-Fat Orange Dream Cheesecake will guarantee that everyone keeps their promise.