Thanksgiving Will Be Different This Year.

Just add one more nail to the 2020 coffin. Everything has changed because of Covid-19.  Now the CDC highly suggests that we don’t travel for Thanksgiving. You’ve probably seen on FB or Twitter and Instagram that its better to forgo Thanksgiving THIS year so you all can celebrate NEXT year.

So what about this year? It can be depressing or it can be fulfilling and here’s how. These are great way to get you out of a funk when you are missing everyone. Try it- you might just like it…

1. Schedule In Your Favorite Things

Thanksgiving may only be one day, but with cooking, traveling, and time off, it can take over the whole week. Prepare yourself by planning something you love to do or that makes you feel good, every day. Nourishing activities can help you feel more like yourself this week.

2. Reframe Your Thinking

Although it may be tough being away from your family, try to reframe the way you look at the time — and see it as a solo vacation. “If you find yourself alone, depressed, or stressed out during this time of the year, the first thing you can do is reframe your thinking,” psychological performance coach Alok Trivedi, tells Bustle. “If you know you’re going to be alone during the holidays, see it as a time for solitude, rest and relaxation, and just a break from everything and everyone.” If you can think of it as an opportunity, you can approach the time in a way that will feel well-spent.

3. Treat Yourself

Thanksgiving is a holiday based around foods, so one great option is to get in all of your favorite things. “This could include a Thanksgiving dinner with and for yourself (pizza and a movie),” Klapow says. Really, it can be whatever you want. Maybe this means re-making your Mom’s traditional Thanksgiving recipes, maybe it means four pizzas and three pints of ice cream. The choice is yours.

4. Volunteer

Sometimes, we can help ourselves by giving back. . There are a lot of ways you can be kind to people even if you’re far away from home.

Here are some ideas- going to a shelter  and ask to volunteer, going to an animal shelter to walk the dogs,  or just being grateful that you have yourself,” Plus, because Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and feeling gratitude.  There are plenty of  virtual volunteering options too Go HERE 

5. Watch Marathon Comedy Shows 

Laugh yourself silly. So if your idea of self-care is becoming one with your couch and watching your favorite show, then go for it.

6. Reach Out To Others

“Sometimes, we expect our loved ones and close friends to read our non-verbal clues as to what is going on with us.  Share how you feel.   It takes a lot of courage and vulnerability to share personal emotions, especially when we are the party in need.”   If you’re spending Thanksgiving alone, don’t be afraid to reach out to other friends who may be doing the same thing —  Now is the time to break out your well-honed Zoom skills and schedule online gatherings whenever you need them.

7. Remember What The Day Is About

Even though you may not be celebrating with your family, you can still embrace the day.   Spending Thanksgiving away from home can be tricky, especially if it’s the first year you’ve done it. Just make sure to take care of yourself by doing things that make you feel good — and never be afraid to reach out for help.