Good morning, friends! Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and while I it can bring up a lot of feelings of gratitude, I know (from experience) that it can bring up a lot of stress, too. Particularly around all of the decadent food! Today I am here today to share some helpful tips on how to have a calm, joyous, and happy Thanksgiving.
START WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
Gratitude is what Thanksgiving is all about, right? When you wake up in the morning, before you do anything else, try placing your hand on your heart and simply close your eyes and breathe. Imagine what your are thankful for. If you can't think of anything in particular, that's totally okay. Just acknowledging your heartbeat and breath is glorious enough! This is a great way to start any day, and can definitely set the tone for the holiday.
Before your coffee or festive mimosa, drinks lots of water. Think of it as a bath for your insides. Start nice and clean for the day, and continue to drink water throughout.
MOVE YOUR BODY
I'm so excited to start Thanksgiving day with a morning walk! Just like any other day, moving your body (whichever way feels comfortable to you) is great! This can look like dancing in the kitchen while you're cooking, doing some gentle yoga, going for a run, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even a leisurely stroll with your pup.
Side note: This is NOT to make up for food you will be consuming later. In fact if you don't feel like exercising, and you'd rather do something else, do that. Honor your body however it feels comfortable to YOU. This is simply an extra way to show your body that you are grateful for her. :)
DON'T DEPRIVE YOURSELF
Do you want mashed potatoes and gravy or your Grandma's famous dessert? Have some! Place a portion on you plate, eat slowly, savor it, and know that you can always have more if you're still hungry. Plus, HELLO LEFTOVERS! Yum!
The holidays are about being with those your love and care about. Enjoy the laughter of children, and the silly banter between adult siblings. Cherish the stories your grandfather has told you 9,284,832 times because someday you may miss hearing them, and tell your family you love them, because that's what matters most. And sometimes, being with those you want to spend time with isn't always possible. So, for those of you that have to work or live far away, know that you are missed, and are in the hearts of many!
I hope these tips are helpful, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
With so much love and gratitude, Happy Thanksgiving!
P.S. I will be taking Friday off from posting to spend time with family. See you Monday!