11/24/2014 04:19 pm ET Updated Nov 24, 2014

How To Make The Best Of A Solo Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to get together with family and gorge on copious amounts of food, sometimes life gets in the way of reuniting with loved ones for the holidays.

Fortunately for those going solo this year, life counselor Dr. Joyce Marter chatted with HuffPost Live on Monday to give some tips for making the most out of a lonely Turkey Day.

"You have to get up and showered and out and active and add some structure to your day," Marter said. "If you stay in your jammies all day, you're going to end up feeling depressed."

Dr. Marter's full tips are as follows:

  • Practice self-care
  • Create structure to your day
  • Avoid social media
  • Be of service to others
  • Pay attention to your self talk
  • Honor your feelings
  • Practice gratitude

Watch the video above for further details, and catch the full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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