For some that means family, turkey, and the sweet smell of pumpkin pie fresh from the oven. For others, it means travel and trying to avoid the hustle and bustle to be with friends and family. For many the holidays mean stress, while others struggle with missing a loved one this time of year. Whatever your situation, it’s important to slow down and appreciate the many gifts we have been given and give thanks for what we have.
Take a moment to truly pause, take a breath and practice being in the present moment, taking in the smell of the pumpkin pie, the laughter of your daughter or son, or listening to your aging parent’s Thanksgiving stories from childhood. Instead of thinking how to avoid that one relative, find something positive about them to focus on. For those who are grieving or otherwise struggling with depression at the holidays, reach out to someone who can help. Or think of someone you may help yourself. There are resources, places to go and people who want to be there. Getting through the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful, it can be a time to slow down and appreciate others and what we truly have to be thankful for but it means being intentional in doing so.
Have the best Thanksgiving you possibly can!