It’s a big night: it’s the night before Thanksgiving and the first night of Chanukah. It’s a holiday mashup if I’ve ever seen one!
There is the inevitable stress (walk into any grocery store and you’ll see what I mean), family shenanigans (some good, some bad), and excitement. I won’t lie, the entire week has been focused on making Thanksgivukkah donuts. Really. What I will tell you is this: try to find some humor in the madness. There is humor and joy or the possibility of both everywhere you turn.
Why don’t turkeys fly?
They can’t afford plane tickets!
Why do turkeys gobble?
Because they never learned table manners!
If you find yourself in a situation where you feel too vulnerable, remember these tools for self-care:
- Take 10 deep breaths.
- Try one of my favorite calming techniques: Breathe in for the count of 5, breathe out for the count of 6. Do this 10 times! If you can, increase the #s, always making the outbreath longer. It naturally calms the mind and resets the nervous system.
- Take a time out;
- Make an exit plan
- drive your own car
- have secondary plans or a safe place you can go.
- Go to a meeting;
- Be of service. It will change your life.
From all of us here at Visions Teen, we wish you a safe, sober, and fun Thanksgiving and Chanukah.
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” Charles Dickens