Adulting Through Thanksgiving

Author: Monisha Vasa

Over here at Shyft, we all have different feelings about Thanksgiving.  Some of us want to hide under a blanket until the food and family have left the building.  And some of us have already scoped out the new stockings at Target and can't wait for hot chocolate by the fire.  All of which is to say...we get it.  There is nothing like the holidays to bring out a host of mixed feelings, between all the family, friends, FOMO, and food.  

So how on Earth do we actually adult during Thanksgiving?  As hard as it is, we must adult, especially since many of us are also taking care of kids and possibly our parents too.  Here are a few quick and easy tips that help us, and can hopefully help you too.  And if nothing else, remember--we are all in this together.  

1.  Take care of you:  Self care is not selfish.  In fact, recognizing and meeting your own needs is paramount to meeting the needs of others.  Whether you need a morning run, a nap, a quick coffee with friends, or a mani-pedi, recognize that you deserve to put your own oxygen mask on first.

2.  Ask for help:  Your partner can help with grocery shopping.  The kids can help set the table.  Your colleague can help you meet that deadline.  Your babysitter can step in for a couple of hours.  Don't hesitate to ask for what you need.  You can't do it all, nor should you.

3.  Prioritize:  What's most important to you?  Take a moment to reflect on what means the most, and spend your time and money accordingly.  Do your best to not get distracted by Aunt Thelma's priorities if they don't match your own.  

4.  Breathe:  If you are feeling overwhelmed, know that it is normal and okay and you are not alone.  Step outside for a moment, or steal a second in your closet.  Close your eyes, and take a few mindful breaths.  This is the quickest life hack to short circuiting your body's stress response, and reconnecting to your body and breath.  

These might seem like small, obvious shyfts.  But sometimes, in the midst of chaos, we forget that it is these tiny micro steps that add up to radical self care.  And radical self care just might make adulting during Thanksgiving a little easier for all of us.

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