While we should give thanks for our family, we can’t deny that we don’t always see eye-to-eye. It is essential to practice self-care during the holiday season so that we can limit our holiday-related stress and present our best selves at family gatherings.
Here are some suggestions for a happier, healthier Thanksgiving:
•Put aside time for yourself. Although the focus of the holidays is on spending time with family and friends, don’t forget a dose of “me time.”
•Allow yourself to indulge. Besides family, holidays are about food. Even if you are a careful eater, enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving meal can still be part of a healthy lifestyle.
•Put down your phone! Particularly for those people whose family lives far away, holiday visits are a wonderful opportunity to catch up with your aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Some face-to-face conversation is good for you and your relationships.
•DO NOT talk politics at the dinner table. After this election season, bringing politics into the conversation is a dangerous idea. Avoid offending anyone by sticking to topics like Stranger Things and football.