It’s almost time for thanksgiving. Are you ready for the same old thanksgiving? Maybe you’re a member of one of those families that don’t struggle, have no black sheep, and never raise their voices. Then there’s the rest of us. Wouldn’t you like this thanksgiving to be the best thanksgiving ever? Well, it can be. Here are some suggestions on how.
In such a contentious election year, people are more divided than ever before. Talking politics is something many are not thankful for. Therefore, agreeing to steer clear of politics might be in everyone’s best interest.
For some, Thanksgiving is synonymous with overeating. This is not a good thing. Eat smaller portions. Save some for later. Don’t overdo it.
Less is more
Perhaps this is the motto of a healthy person. As Americans, we’ve been trained to supersize. However, maybe in regards to Thanksgiving, less is more. Go small. Less food. Less people. More wellness. Living simply is one of the keys to wellness for some people.
Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy family. Admittedly, not everyone’s family is enjoyable. Some families are great. Others, not so much. Look for areas of common ground. Find and focus on those. Leave the rest.
Set healthy boundaries. Know when to say no. No to unwanted interactions, No to politics(yes, again). No to contentious conversations. Conversely, say yes to self-care.
A football or basketball team sometimes needs a time out to regroup. Sometimes we do too. And timeouts are not just for children. Take a time out if there is conflict and withdraw and take a break. Time outs are good if there are unwanted interactions or situations. You can use a timeout to be by yourself or do some solitary activity to redirect yourself.
For this to be the best thanksgiving ever, you have to do things in a different way. Click here for an article on developing habits of thanksgiving.