Happy almost-Thanksgiving. I am in the group of people that enjoys most of this holiday experience. My family will be in from out of town, and I am fortunate to have a family that I look forward to seeing. Cooking is one of my favorite stress release tools, so I get to indulge to my heart’s content in the next few days.
However, I know that for many folks, this is a stressful day that highlights loneliness, financial struggle, health concerns, family strife–you name it. So today’s MWB is all about serving up some comfort and reflection. I hope you find something here that lifts you up and makes the week easier.
Anna Guest-Jelley invites you to walk with her through her own reflections about the Thanksgiving eating–and explores what we might really be hungry for.
If you think that maybe I over-emphasize the importance of mindfulness in these weekly round-ups, here is a look at a study that suggests that a wandering mind (the opposite of being mindful) is actually responsible for unhappiness.
And here is even more research (I’m a sucker for research). This one is particularly appropriate for Thanksgiving. It’s an exploration of how effective mindful eating can be effective in lowering blood sugar.
Jen Gresham talks about remembering that we need to check in with ourselves for advice when we are facing a big decision.
If you still need some help managing anxiety, try this ten step plan from Linda Esposito, LCSW.
And finally, in this week and season of giving thanks, after being surrounded by negativity and concern for others, take a moment to follow Leo Babauta’s advice and let yourself be “shaken” by the beauty of the world around us.
Image Credit: Fall Cornucopia by Ron Cogswell via Flickr