The hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and the holiday season can be a stressful time of year. Between trying to prepare the perfect turkey to finding the ideal gift for a family member, we often forget to take the time to be appreciative of what really matters in our life. I know it seems idealistic, but it is simple to slow down and make each moment of this joyous season count. Here are 9 ways to be thankful this holiday season.
Share Daily Gratitude
Make a point of sharing one thing daily on social media. This is a great way to eliminate the negative in our lives so you can focus on all the positive.
Give Thanks at Family Dinner
The dinner table is an excellent place to share your thanks while in company of those you love and are most important to you. Take turns going around the table sharing one thing you admire about each other and are thankful for before diving into your meal. It’s a great way to ensure positivity and a genuine sense of gratitude.
Getting out in nature is a wonderful and proven way to get yourself to be present and mindful. Whether it is a walk in the woods, along the waterside, or just a bike ride down to the local park, nature has a way of helping to bring perspective into our daily lives.
Journal Your Thanks
If you aren’t into sharing what you are thankful publicly, jot down your daily affirmation in a journal instead. You don’t have to share it with the world to make it meaningful.
Avoid the “Perfection” Trap
Remember that most of those seemingly perfect pies, decorations, and recipes you see on Pinterest and Instagram are carefully curated. Don’t beat yourself up when your pie doesn’t turn out just like the picture. It’s not the perfection, but the willingness to try that counts.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Sometimes, this is easier said than done, but remember to keep perspective. If the gravy doesn’t turn out, have a laugh about it and move on. Spending time with your family should be the primary focus.
Schedule Time for Yourself
Don’t forget to schedule some time for yourself this season. Whether it’s a hot bath, a long run, or a good book and some tea, remember to give yourself quiet time. You can’t appreciate the good in your life if you are always on the go.
This time of year can be very busy, but do make some time to give back by volunteering at your local food bank, being a mentor, or supporting another good cause. Sometimes taking care of yourself means taking care of others.
Go Outside Your Comfort Zone
It’s easy to get in a rut with your daily routine and feel like you are just going through the motions. Be more present by trying something new to shake you out of your rut. Take a class, volunteer your time, take up yoga, learn a new language. Do something outside your normal routine. You may just find your passion by doing so.
How do you plan to be thankful this holiday season?