2019 data from the American Psychological Association found that 38% of Americans reported increased levels of stress over the holidays, while data from Healthline suggests those number may be as high as 62%. With many unable to be with family and observe usual traditions, we can expect those numbers to increase in 2020. Psychologists are offering a number of ways to address this, including creating new holidays traditions, connecting with family virtually, and perhaps most importantly, focusing on self-care. We have discussed the role of gratitude in promoting self-care and overall good mental health in previous Mindfulness Monday posts, but its importance cannot be understated. Noting its importance, and as we approach a day meant to put giving thanks front and center, this week’s exercise again focuses on cultivating gratitude.
From all of us here at the RRT, we wish you a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving.