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How To Win at Thanksgiving Wellness

The holidays โ€” in a "regular" year โ€” are a stressful time for lots of people. This crazy year, it might be even more so.


With Halloween and the elections [sort of] in the rearview mirror, we start to turn our attention to Thanksgiving. If your nerves are frayed and you're battling the Quarantine 15, maybe you're looking for some ideas, guidance or inspiration to make it through Turkey Day. And, while this post is about Thanksgiving, it'll pretty much apply to Christmas and New Year's as well.


The 8 Dimensions of Wellness


Before we dig into the "how to" part, I want to introduce the 8 Dimensions of Wellness, in case you're not familiar with this model and approach to wellbeing.


Basically, it just says that the concept of "wellness" is multi-faceted. Wellness is made up of different elements โ€” like physical health and social health โ€” that are interconnected. They're like levers: You pull on one and you'll likely impact another.


The goal is to give all eight areas some TLC in the right ways and proportions so that you find balance and whole health.

I mention this incredible framework because it can be a really helpful tool for analyzing one's life and figuring out how/where to make changes to improve wellbeing.


In terms of this post, I'm going to try to offer some Tgiving survive-and-thrive (surthrival? thrival? There's gotta be a killer new word in there somewhere....) insights for each dimension. Don't want to neglect any one area!


Ok, now on to the juicy dark meat of this post....


How To Thanksgiving Healthfully


The key here is trying to be self-aware, taking stock of yourself and then working toward that aforementioned balance. Think of the ideas below as being like a smorgasbord: Everything's ร  la carte and you take what you need when you need it.


Physical


This is probably your go-to concept of health stuff. It's everything to do with your body, nutrition, exercise, sleep and so on. If you find that you're suffering in this dimension, here are a few things to try.

  • Go for a walk. Walking after a meal both helps with digestio