7 Self-Care Tips If You're Feeling Sad About Missing Thanksgiving With Your Loved Ones

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While it's common to hear about all of the stress of going home for the holidays, we talk less about the alternative — spending your holidays alone. A lot of us can't go home for Thanksgiving, because it's too far, too expensive, doesn't work with our schedule, or because of issues within our families. And while spending Thanksgiving with your family might be tough, spending it away from home comes with its own challenges — especially if it's your first time spending Thanksgiving away from home.

If you're spending Thanksgiving alone and find it stressful or sad, it's important to take care of yourself. "Thanksgiving is both a holiday and a frame of mind," Joshua Klapow, PhD, clinical psychologist and host of The Kurre and Klapow Show, tells Bustle. "The title alone says what it is supposed to be about — gratitude. If you are missing Thanksgiving this year either by choice or circumstance it is very important to not lose gratitude for yourself." And that means taking some time for self-care.

"Self-soothing and self-care are not selfish — they are what your body and soul need to thrive. Bottom line — do what you feel is right for you vs what you think everyone else wants you to do." Whether you want to do something Thanksgiving-y all on your own or just want to retreat to your bubble and make a blanket fort for the weekend, how you choose to take care of yourself is totally up to you. If you're spending Thanksgiving away from home, here are some self-care tips to help make the day easier.