Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to giving thanks- showing appreciation and gratitude for our blessings. But many times, other things take center stage- things like turkey, cranberries, and football.
Yes, those are good things- but they aren't the core of Thanksgiving. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, or having trouble with the recent time change, I have good news- practicing gratitude is great for your mental health, it doesn't take much time, and it's free!
As you prepare for your Thanksgiving celebration, take some time to consider the good parts about your life. This is not being dismissive of the very real and difficult parts. On the contrary, it is a practice of seeing through the negative into the positive.
So here is my challenge for you- try this gratitude practice each night leading up to Thanksgiving. Notice how you feel as you begin, and how you feel in the days getting close to the holiday. When Thanksgiving arrives, notice where your attention goes and what is taking up space in your mind. My guess is that although the hustle and bustle of the celebration will still be there, you will feel more at peace, less anxious, and sincerely grateful for the blessings in your life.