November Health Article 2023
10 Thanksgiving Self-Care Tips To Improve Your Well-Being This Holiday Season!
Swarnakshi Sharma November 24th, 2022, Self-Care
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday with a very special meaning behind the celebration – gratitude. The
purpose of this holiday is simple but holds a great appeal. As the holiday season approaches, many of us forget to focus on self-care. And I’m not talking about physical self-care. Holidays can be stressful for many reasons and with the add-in uncertainty of the future as well as our day-today stress, our mental health can take a heavy toll.
Let’s look at some of the ways you can practice self-care this Thanksgiving… Thanksgiving Self-Care Ideas to Manage the Holiday Chaos
Here are the ways you can take care of your mental health this Thanksgiving season!
Health tips for Thanksgiving if you’re spending the holiday season by yourself this year:
1. Focus On Your Sleep Schedule
The holiday season means working extra hours to make sure your work is complete as is your shopping, right?
But working overtime can cause you to compromise on sleep that can affect your mental health in the end. To prevent the holiday from overwhelming you, make sure you get the right amount of sleep.
2. Stick To A Routine
Holidays, undoubtedly, distract us from our normal routine and once our routine is disturbed, it can add to our mental struggles. It’s important to stick to your normal routine as much as you can during the holiday season.
3. Create A Mindful Budget
When you live alone, holiday expenses can create financial stress too. If unexpected purchases add to your stress, then create a mindful budget beforehand. This budget can include expenses such as decorations, food, etc.
Once this budget is created, stick with the plan! If you’re planning for shop after Thanksgiving, make sure you plan for that in your budget too.
4. Don’t Skip a Workout
Exercising for at least 30 minutes every day can give your mood a boost! You can sneak in physical activity by going on a hike in the morning, doing aerobic exercises in the morning, playing music, and dancing around the house. If the weather is nice then you can spend some time in nature.
5. Focus On Your Feelings
Being stressed and worried about an uncertain future is normal so it’s important to not ignore or avoid these feelings. Accept and acknowledge these emotions. Check-in with yourself throughout the holiday week and acknowledge the feelings you’re experiencing. Do whatever you need to do to cope with these feelings.
6. Practice Gratitude
Thanksgiving is the holiday where you express gratitude towards what you’re most grateful for – so let’s do that! Take some time before the day to focus on the aspects of your life that are going well. Take a look at the things you’d normally take for granted. Relish these moments and express your gratitude.
7. Focus On What You Can Control
Focus on the present and what you can control. Sit down with yourself and create a list of the things you can control. Remember, you can’t control how others act but you can control how you react. Let go of the things that are out of your control. If it helps, write down your worries in a journal and work out what is in your control and what’s not.
8. Reach Out
If you’re grieving the loss of your loved one, a pet, or a public figure you looked up to this holiday season, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel happiness this holiday season. Reach out to your loved ones either via video calls or in person (with social distancing in mind). If you’re stuck in a toxic environment, you can always reach out to a mental health professional for help.
9. Give To Others
Helping others is also a part of your Thanksgiving self-care. Did you know that random acts of kindness can make you feel happier? Anything that takes your attention away from your current dilemma and makes you focus on another person can be beneficial for your overall well-being.
10. Connect With A Support Group
I get it. The holiday season can be stressful and overwhelming (sometimes both at the same time) but instead of letting your worries and stress overwhelm you, reach out to your support system and if you don’t have one, then you can connect with a mental health support group online.
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following impulse.” – Henry Van Dyke
Take Care and Happy Thanksgiving!