Topic Tuesday: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Tips” (By: Courtney Grimes, LCSW)

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, gratitude, family and of course….FOOD! Here are some tips for managing one of our most cherished – and sometimes scary – holidays…

1. You come first.
Sometimes we can become overwhelmed with all the people, noise, and even smells that we encounter on Thanksgiving day. Try to keep inventory of what you need. Maybe you need a break, or a time-out? Step outside for a minute and breathe, or find a quiet room and close your eyes for a few minutes to recenter. Whatever you need to stay present and mindful – do it!

2. Create a plan, stick to the plan.
Holidays are hard because there is always so much going on. One of the best ways to decrease anxiety around holidays is to create a personal schedule or plan, and then stick to your plan to the best of your ability. With a plan, you will know what’s going to happen, you will be ready for what’s coming next, so it can help eliminate the fear of what’s to come.

3. Ask for help.
Never be afraid to speak up for help. Thanksgiving buffets can be overwhelming and downright scary – ask for someone else to make a plate for you. Emotions can be big and loud and messy – ask for help with sticking to your plan for the day. If you need reinforcements, please don’t be afraid to ask for them!

4. Gratitude.
As daunting as Thanksgiving day might seem, there is still room for gratitude. If you find yourself becoming anxious or feeling panicky, try to claim a time-out and find a quiet spot, remind yourself of your plan, and identify something you are truly grateful for!

Happy Thanksgiving!

About the Author

Courtney Grimes, LCSW, serves as the Clinical Director for Renewed. She was introduced to the organization in 2005 during her own recovery from an eating disorder and has been involved (and in love) with the organization ever since. Courtney attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Opera Performance. After leaving the music industry, she went on to receive her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. In addition to her work with Renewed, Courtney is a psychotherapist in private practice with Symmetry Counseling Services. She is originally from Atlanta, GA.