Thanksgiving is right around the corner and most people are booking flights, coordinating events, or hurriedly looking up recipes. With the rush to see friends and family, it is important to stop and appreciate the holiday. It is a time to get together with loved ones, maybe some that you haven’t seen in years. Unfortunately, recent events have shaped some people to not even want to see anyone. While some might have their reasons, we are encouraging the positives of reconnecting.
While home-cooked meals are an obvious bonus, there are many mental and physical benefits from socializing. According to a study by Barbara Fiese, a professor and chair of the psychology department in The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, the routine and ritual of Thanksgiving can provide security during times of stress and transition and offer physical and mental health benefits to children ages 0-5. Setting aside time to come together and share memories can be crucial for creating positive relationships.
Humans by nature are social creatures. Allocating time to reconnect with others has shown boosts in immune systems and well-being. This holiday is a perfect time to push ourselves to be social and be grateful for the people in our lives. It’s a great time to be thankful and reminisce with your loved ones. Research shows that friends also play an important role in promoting your overall health so if you don’t have immediate family to socialize with having a “Friends-Giving” can be the next best thing.
Of course, gratitude plays a key role in Thanksgiving. Research shows that practicing gratitude can help promote love. Being thankful can encourage affection between others and can help bridge gaps in relationships. It might allow you to see things through another person's eyes and give perspective and understanding. Gratitude can increase empathy, lower stress, and reduce aggression.
Getting together around the table to share stories and bond over delicious food can also increase self-esteem, lower the risk of depression, and build a stronger immune system. Remember to enjoy yourself during this Thanksgiving and take time to be grateful. We want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and if you or a loved one need some extra care, please feel free to reach out. We are truly grateful for your support.
If you are experiencing symptoms of mental or physical distress and would like to discuss your treatment options, schedule an appointment with one of our providers today by using our online form or by calling (805) 341-3416 during normal business hours.