This Thanksgiving will be like none other in history, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against eating with anyone other than members of your household due to alarming and rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. Like any other Thanksgiving, though, there are ways to make this year’s holiday less stressful for yourself. These are six self-care tips to consider this Thanksgiving.
1. Embrace “different.”
Thanksgiving is about traditions for many families, but some of those traditions may be impossible this year. Instead, think about new traditions you could start, or how you might be able to modify those traditions.
For example, if Aunt Rose’s corn casserole is to die for, but Aunt Rose is staying home this year instead of coming over, maybe you can ask her to show you how to prepare it over a video call. It’s a triple win: you get to have your favorite side dish, you learn how to make it for yourself, and you get to spend time with Aunt Rose.
2. Take a walk.
There is always time for getting physically active, even if it means delaying the preparations for Thanksgiving dinner. Getting moving, especially if you can get outdoors, helps improve mood, reduce stress, and enable better focus. It can also improve appetite for Thanksgiving dinner!
3. Reach out.
You may be stuck at home alone or with your family or roommates, but that does not mean you cannot enjoy time with people outside of your household. In fact, using video chats means you can connect with pretty much anyone, regardless of where they are.
4. Order in.
If cooking a turkey, sides, and desserts does not sound worthwhile for just your household members, or if covid-fatigue is making you feel burned out, why not explore other options? Many restaurants are open this year due to financial pressures from measures to control the virus.
You can support them by ordering your entire dinner, or you can lower the burden on yourself by ordering part of your dinner, such as a few sides or a dessert. To stay safe, just ask for contactless curbside pickup or delivery.
5. Give thanks.
The purpose of Thanksgiving can be forgotten in the rush to get things done, but taking time to identify some things you are grateful for can make life seem a lot brighter and do wonders for your mood and health. This year in particular, friends, family, health, delivery people, and technology may be on many people’s minds when it comes to gratitude.
6. Help someone.
Helping others is one of the best ways to improve your mental and even physical health. If you know people who are lonely, invite them to your Thanksgiving on zoom, or leave a pie on their doorstep. You can also try donating to a food bank if you are lucky enough to have enough food or a few extra dollars.