What to do on Thanksgiving When Your Family is Far Away

Sometimes family just can’t get away to celebrate the holidays with you but that doesn’t mean you need to be down on Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are some tips to celebrating on your own.

  • Recognize that you are may be on your own but you are not alone. Despite the public perception that it is all about family, there are many people who are not able to spend the holidays with their relatives or loved ones for a variety of reasons.
  • Make a plan. Having something in mind to keep yourself busy on Thanksgiving will help you handle the day and keep depression at bay. Consider spending the day with others who are on their own. Why not team up and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with others who are in the same situation? Invite everyone from strangers, acquaintances and good friends.
  • Get an early start on the day. While it may be tempting to sleep in, getting up and moving will put you in a more positive state of mind.
  • Lend a hand. There are many charities and churches that could use a helping hand serving others over the long weekend. Spending your time giving to others in need may help you recall those things you are grateful for.
  • Digital chats are a good way to stay in touch with your loved ones over the miles. Make a special Skype date to chat on Thanksgiving weekend. You could even make this a group chat so it will be just like you are all sitting down to a traditional meal together.
  • Make it interesting. Why not spend the day involved in an activity you enjoy? Take a walk, see a movie, got to a museum, whatever you like to do.
  • Put the thanks in Thanksgiving. Spend the day reflecting on the blessings in your life. Look back at old pictures or videos and celebrate good memories.
  • It doesn’t have to be about turkey. Embrace the freedom of doing it your way and plan a meal that you can truly enjoy.
  • Take a holiday. If you are able to plan a short trip for the weekend it may be the pick-me-up you need.  
  • Spend the time organizing. An entire weekend on your own provides plenty of time to sort through boxes, closets, etc. Find innovative ways to make your home more space efficient.
  • Mind your thoughts. Monitoring and adjusting how we speak to ourselves can go a long way to creating a more positive outlook.

Wherever you spend this Thanksgiving and whoever you are with, make it one to remember.

Happy Thanksgiving from those of us at SeniorsZen.

Written By Chandra Lye

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