Yes, finally you get a break. To catch up on sleep and relax. To have some down time. To recuperate from exams or a stressful first quarter of the year. Taking a break is important. Sleep is important. Having time to do fun things is important. Having time to spend with family and (or?) friends, yes, important. Having time to get outdoors and exercise IMPORTANT! All of these things improve your mental health as well as your physical health. Enjoy!
Yes, this is a holiday all about giving thanks for all the good things in our lives. Yes, there are bad things too, but all lives have good things as well. And there are scientific data in teens about the relationship between having gratitude in your life and improved health! How, exactly, you may ask? Well, teens who kept a Gratitude Journal rather than a Hassle Journal were found to have a better sense of well-being and optimism and stronger social connections. And more than that – in these teens, those with a focus on gratitude daily, had fewer physical symptoms (not related to medical conditions) like dizziness, stomach aches, feeling queasy, runny nose, etc).
Yes, I am serious! Turkey – a great source of lean protein and folic acid. Cranberries – fiber, Vitamin C. Sweet potatoes – a whole host of vitamins (A, B5, B6, etc) and fiber. Pumpkin – fiber, vitamin A. You get the idea. And, one day of feasting is not going to damage you forever. Just get back to normal the day after!
I am thankful for my family and good friends, for my health, and for my work and for all the wonderful teens and adults who have helped me with Real Talk with Dr. Offutt since we started. And that’s just a start!
What about you?