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Thanksgiving Emotional Prep

I realized when I read HH’s lovely and practical post that I have very little coordinating to do foodwise, but that my brain immediately went to the emotional prep I needed to do to be ready to deal with.... all the things.

Mine is not too terrible - a lot of it is “anniversary effect” type stuff, of some thanksgivings I’ve had in the past rather than actively bad things. A lot of it is feeling left out or overlooked, like my siblings making plans and I’m an afterthought, or everyone having plans but me. I have some actual trepidations of seeing people (I mean, now I have to stop by the thanksgiving my two siblings planned together and invited me to afterwards, and ugh, I am working through feelings of being an afterthought and changing dynamics). ALSO i am on my stupid period which does not help at allllll.

I’m going to plan to try to do a gratitude meditation; I find those really help.
I’m on a strict diet, but I am going to try to find something that feels like a treat for the day.
I am going to try to spend time outside.
I am going to open a bottle of red wine even though I will not drink it all and not be sad some gets wasted.
I am going to work on a quilt as a gift for someone.
I am going to focus on reality versus my perception and examine negative thoughts.
I am going to be kind to my sisters and grateful to be included, and not childish.
I have a deep breaths mantra when I deal with difficult family members - it’s I will be peaceful, patient, mature, and flexible. I breathe in and say I will be and then breathe out slowly and say peaceful, patient, mature, and flexible.

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What are you going to prep for emotionally for your day, GT? Or for after your day, to take care of yourself?  Get your worries and emotional plans out here!

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