My Mental Health This Thanksgiving

Tahyira helps fellow Black Americans who may be struggling with issues around seeing family members who are triggering to their mental health. How can our tools come into play during the high holidays?

Thanksgiving and mental health are not the healthiest of recipes for a lot of young men and women.  Many are at that age where they don’t live at home but are not necessarily where they want to be yet.  Adulting sucks.  Our generation seems to be tasked with climbing mountains as our relatives complain about how we live out loud, on Tiktok, to sell our e-books.  “Tuh, whatever Aunty!” The questions that they yield from relatives on holidays or special occasions can be tumultuous to someone whose only in town for some grub and good times.  Trauma often replays in the brain. Over time, it prevents people from appreciating the positive things going on around them. By being gracious, you silence negative thoughts.  Friendsgiving has become more and more popular as we opt to be around folks who make us feel happy and that’s not always you, Mom.  Sorry not sorry.  In reality, the day is meant to represent giving thanks and gratitude.  We need more days like Thanksgiving in our world. Holding a gratitude attitude can help us fend off bad vibes we bring to ourselves.  Grateful people focus on the gifts they have been given in their life, rather than the things they don’t have. By being appreciative regularly, you reframe the mind.  Being grateful is good for your physical and mental health.  Being around familiarity can help clear your mind if you are going through a private personal situation. Family gatherings become more fun when you truly appreciate the time spent together. In this podcast, recorded back in 2021, Tahyira challenges you to show up for that one family member that you love.  

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Tahyira Savanna at Outfest in Los Angeles

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