Thanksgiving is coming up, which means you’re probably going to be eating a lot of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie with family and friends, but it’s also the best time to be with ourselves. It’s important to give yourself the time to take care of yourself, because it is the only way you can truly give back to your loved ones this holiday season. We’ve thoughtfully curated the very best self care ideas to feel your best.
After all, you deserve it!
1. Deep breathing
Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Take a moment to try to focus on how your body is breathing. Then, imagine that you’re breathing in all the blessings you’ve been given so far. As you breathe in, think about how much love and appreciation you feel for all the people and things that are around you—and then exhale those feelings out through your nose. Take another deep breath in this new space of peace within yourself.
2. Write a self care journal
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to let yourself slow down, reflect on what you’re grateful for, and make a list of all the things that bring you joy. If you’re like most people, you’ll probably find that there’s nothing on your list that was given to you—and that’s okay!
If you’re still feeling down, we want to remind you that there are always reasons to celebrate—even if they’re not all showy and exciting. For example: You might be thankful that your parents are healthy and happy. Or maybe you’re grateful for a friend who took time out of their busy day to chat with you when they didn’t have any other obligations (or maybe even if they did). Or maybe it’s just the fact that you have food in your fridge and a roof over your head!
No matter what the reason is, we hope that today’s post helps remind everyone of how special Thanksgiving is and why letting yourself feel gratitude is so important.
3. Pamper yourself with skincare
It’s time to take a moment and slow down.
This Thanksgiving, take some time to put on your most luxurious mask, do a little pampering, and treat yourself to something special. After all, it’s the thought that counts!
We know how important it is to take care of your skin, so why not give it some tender loving care?
4. Go for a walk outside in nature
Nature is full of beauty and life, which helps us feel more grounded and connected to our bodies and minds. There are so many things to see in the woods, including animals, plants, rocks and rivers! You could even bring along a book or magazine to read while walking through the woods or take pictures of your surroundings to capture your thoughts on paper later on!
5. Listen to your favorite music
Taking a few minutes to listen to your favorite music is a great way to release dopamine and many other benefits.
Dopamine , also called the happy hormone, is a neurotransmitter that’s found in the brain, and it’s what makes you feel good when you eat chocolate or get a compliment. It also helps make you feel more energetic and focused, which is why listening to your favorite music can help you be more productive!
Listening to your favorite music can also help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve moods, and encourage deep sleep.
So take some time this Thanksgiving weekend to listen to some of your favorite tunes!
6. Watch your favorite movie
We all have those movies that make us feel something. Whether it’s the feeling of joy, or maybe just a sense of nostalgia, we all have movies that bring us back to a time when we felt more full of life, more expansive in our thinking—a time when we were more optimistic and hopeful.
Whether it’s The Notebook or The Clueless or any number of other films from past decades with cheesy one-liners and an upbeat soundtrack, there’s no better way to take care of yourself than by curling up on the couch with some popcorn and watching your favorite movie again. You’ll feel better in no time!
7. Take a power nap
Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, but it can be difficult to find time to recharge. Taking a power nap might seem like a luxury, but it’s important that you take the time for yourself.
One of the best ways to do that is by setting an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to take a power nap around noon. This way, you’ll get in a quick nap before dinner and then be ready for the rest of your day!
It’s important to catch up on sleep because it boosts your immunity and helps you feel refreshed and energized.
8. Treat yourself with your favorite dessert
Make the meal you love the most—and enjoy your favorite dessert! This way, if you’re feeling guilty about indulging in something sweet after stuffing your face with turkey and mashed potatoes, you can tell yourself that it’s only because you’re thankful for your family and friends.
9. Take a bubble bath
Bubble baths are relaxing and can help reduce stress and anxiety. They also help cleanse the skin, which is important for maintaining healthy skin. Try a bubble bath time with your favorite wine this thanksgiving.