Make sure you plan ahead. 1
If you're feeling some kind of way about having to spend Thanksgiving without family, make sure that you plan ahead. Don't wait until the day of to figure out what you are going to do, that will just make you feel worse. Sit down a couple of weeks before and come up with a plan.
Let go of expectations. 2
Do yourself a HUGE favor and let go of any expectations you have related to the holiday. All you are doing when you hold on to the idea that Thanksgiving should be spent a certain way is setting yourself up for disappointment. You can spend the day any way you like.
Spend some time writing love letters. 3
If you are missing family members, that's OK. It just means you are blessed to have a family that you love. Channel that love into writing letters to the people you are missing. Imagine how touched they will be when they receive your heartfelt message.
Binge-watch an entire series. 5
We live in the golden era of binge-watching. A solo Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to watch an entire series from beginning to end in one day.
Spend time with a friend. 6
Chances are you probably know someone else who is spending Thanksgiving alone. Why not spend it together? You don't even have to do the whole big meal thing. You could just hang out together, go for a walk, or catch a movie together.
Host a friendsgiving. 7
Friends are like the family you get to choose. Invite some of your chosen family over and enjoy the holiday together.
Go to a parade. 8
Check out where the nearest parade is and go. Who says you can't go to a parade alone? It's actually a great thing to do on your own. It's easier to find a good viewing spot when it's just you and you can stay as long or as little as you like.
Spend the night at a local hotel. 9
If you can afford it, consider booking yourself a room at a local hotel. It will feel like a mini-vacation. Plus you can hang out wearing a plus robe, order room service, and you won't even have to clean up after yourself.
Remember what this holiday is really about. 11
Be thankful. Take time to actually think about all the blessings in your life and let yourself feel grateful. Make a gratitude list of all things big and small that you are happy to have.
Buy yourself a dinner for one. 12
Just because you're not sitting down to a big family dinner doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a nice meal for one. If you're not big on cooking, head to a local store with a deli or prepared foods section and buy yourself a Thanksgiving dinner for one. When you get home, plate it up beautifully, and then enjoy every last bite of it.
If you like to cook, then cook. 13
If cooking is your thing, by all means, cook up a storm. Make yourself dinner or spend the day baking. How often do you get to spend an entire day trying out recipes?
Have a pajama party for one. 14
There are those of us who truly enjoy spending an entire day in pajamas, but rarely get a chance to do so. This is the perfect time to throw yourself a pajama party. Buy yourself a fun new pajama set, get cozy, and spend the day in pj heaven.
Spend the day volunteering. 15
Feeding and helping others has a way of feeding and helping your soul. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available during the holidays. Just make sure that you sign up in advance because volunteer slots do fill up ahead of time.
Schedule a virtual family get-together. 16
Technology is a wonderful way to keep in touch with family. Schedule some virtual face-to-face time with your loved ones. In this case, scheduling a video call guarantees that you won't miss out on seeing those you love just because you can't be in the same place at the same time.
Know that help is just a phone call away. 18
If you find yourself feeling depressed or in crisis, please reach out for help. You can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. There is nothing wrong with asking for help and support when you need it.
Enjoy your own company. 19
How often do you schedule dates with yourself? Probably not often enough. Spending dedicated time with yourself doing things that you love to do is a blessing and a gift. There are so many things you can do when you are alone that you would never do in the company of others. Sing off key, eat all the onions and garlic that you want, watch that movie you are too embarrassed to admit you want to see, and the list goes on.
Get it done! 20
"It" could be putting together IKEA furniture, going Marie Kondo on your closet, or any number of projects that have been on your to-do list. Spend the day getting "it" done.