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Thanksgiving during a pandemic, an unwelcome break in tradition

Family therapist offers advise
Posted at 11:05 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 23:11:19-05

INDIANAPOLIS — By no means will this year's Thanksgiving be the traditional one we are used to.

The health experts have made it clear that large family gathering could lead to COVID-19 spread.

While some will ignore the experts, others plan to cut back on the festivities. But a break in tradition can lead to depression and anxiety. Family therapists say missing out on the personal connection we're used to will be tough.

They recommend virtual gatherings, when possible. "Finding ways to make human connection is the new normal," said therapist Jessica Gordon. "Planning things on ZOOM or having a social-distanced get together in the back yard. It is important. You can't forget human connection of connecting with people because you'll find yourself in a deeper hole of depression or anxiety."

Gordon says adjusting and staying adaptable is especially important right now, and Thanksgiving is no different.

Her advise to families is to look for ways to still connect and show gratitude despite the limitations in front of us.