This Thanksgiving, Skip the Nap and Try These Instead!
We all know your Thanksgiving meal can send you to slumber faster than other foods, thanks in part to a sleep encouraging component called Tryptophan and also due to the heavy meal and busy schedule. Instead of napping this Turkey Day, increase your energy by trying these tips.
- Get up and move. Plan an activity after eating that gets everyone moving such as a walk around the neighborhood, a trip to the local park for some frisbee, a basketball game or even an indoor friendly game of hide and seek with the kids.
- Play a game. Choose a multi generational game that can include all of those in attendance such as charades, a board game or break out the karaoke machine.
- Choose a stress reducing activity. Curl up on the couch with a mug of tea and a good book to fit in that reading you never get to or load up a great on demand yoga video or meditation podcast. This is just the start of the holidays, so adding in self care is important!
- Write a letter. Thanksgiving is a time of thanks and what better way to express thanks to someone than a handwritten letter. Other ideas are to write a letter to your future self about things you are thankful for, or write a letter to your kids for them to open at a later time. You can also help them write their letters to Santa to beat the North Pole rush!
- Take leftovers to the homeless. If you live in an area where there are people in need, pack up your leftovers and wrap them to deliver to others. Check with your local shelters to see if they accept donations. Or if pre-cooked food is not an option, pack up some extra canned food to deliver for the holiday season.