Thanksgiving can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work! The joy of preparing for your family and friends can quickly turn into frustration and a big headache. Before you know it, the excitement can turn to chaos and your to-do list can quickly become way too long to manage. These Thanksgiving self care tips will help you protect your peace amid all the planning and preparation so you can enjoy your holidays.
I always recommend practicing self care regularly. But, an extra dose of self care during holidays will help make everybody’s day a little bit better.
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Why is self care important during the holidays?
Even though the holidays are a time of celebration, we all know that usually comes with a price. We have time off work. But, we typically have so many other things to do. Ultimately, we’re often more tired than usual because we’re trying to fit in all those holiday activities and events.
It’s so important for you to be intentional about continuing your self-care routine during the holidays to protect your peace and keep yourself in tip-top shape to continue with life long past the last slice of turkey is served.
What are some Thanksgiving self-care tips?
I want to share some tips to help you have a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday.
Hire some help.
Think about all that it takes to host a holiday party: planning, cleaning, grocery shopping and cleaning again. Why in the world do we wear ourselves out trying to do it all by ourselves? Consider hiring help with some or all of the preparation and execution.
If hiring help is not in the budget, solicit the help of your family and friends to get everything together for your holiday gathering. But whatever you do, don’t wear yourself out trying to take care of all the details without any help.
Be intentional about your guest list.
Let’s be honest, some folks simply don’t mix well. Save yourself some stress and headaches by ensuring the guests you invite are perfect for mixing and mingling so your gatherings are energetic and fun.
Your holidays should be a time of peace and relaxation. Protect your peace by inviting people who will keep the holidays drama-free.
Plan and give yourself plenty of time.
Don’t put extra pressure on yourself during Thanksgiving by putting off tasks you can do early. Go ahead and take care of tasks as early as you can so you can feel relaxed when it’s time for your gathering.
Make and prioritize your to-do lists. Don’t drain yourself by putting extra pressure on yourself to take care of things. Start getting ready in plenty of time so you can enjoy your family and food.
Be prepared for an easy cleanup.
Don’t wait until the party is over to begin thinking about cleanup. Go ahead and start thinking about what you’ll need to make cleaning up easier. For example, make sure to have some food storage containers and bags on hand to put away leftover food. Double check that you have enough cleaning supplies so you don’t have to worry about wasting time looking for them when you’re ready to start cooking.
Most importantly, enlist some helpers to make the load lighter. And whatever you do, make sure you clean up before you go to bed for the evening so you don’t have to worry about waking up to an overwhelming mess the next day.
Hosting Thanksgiving gatherings can be fun, but it can be a lot of work. Use these tips to help you plan your holiday without stressing out too much. Protect your peace this holiday season.