11/20/2011 12:00 pm ET

Countdown To Thanksgiving: Your 5-Day Emotional Cleanse

It's no secret that the holidays can be a difficult time for many. Long lines at the airport, traffic jams to get out of the city, family feuds, too much food and bad hangovers are only some of the things to look forward to.

There is another way though. Giving yourself time to prepare -- both mentally and physically -- for the holiday stress can drastically improve your experience. "Strategize, get enough sleep and leave yourself enough time to do everything," recommends blogger Gretchen Rubin.

Here's our 5-day countdown to Thanksgiving. We have an emotional detox plan for each day until November 24. By the time the big day rolls around, you'll be unfazed and on top of your game.