Celebrating the holidays this year may look a little to a whole lot different for you and your family. Because of COVID-19, many families are deciding to stay put due to safety concerns or travel restrictions. Understandably, not being able to see family or friends during the holidays may bring some added stress and disappointment, while for others it may be a welcomed relief from not having to attend holiday functions or having to accrue expenses that the holidays often bring. Either way, this year gives you and your family the opportunity to create new family rituals and/or traditions.
If you are feeling stressed about the holidays this year, here are some tips that might help to reduce your worry:
- Acknowledge how you are feeling. It is okay to feel sadness or stress during this time, especially if you have recently lost a loved one.
- Reach out to your friends, family and/or surrounding community for support and connection. This can help reduce the feeling of loneliness during the holiday season.
- Be realistic and realign your expectations. This year's holidays likely will look different from last year. Find new ways to celebrate with family and friends. The website, Big Life Journal, has some great ideas on how to keep the holiday traditions going--even if they are only virtual. 45 New Family Holiday Traditions for 2020
- Adhere to a budget. Decide how much money you want to spend and stick with it. Organizing a family gift exchange could be one way to save money.
- Prioritize what is important to you. Let's face it. Holidays can be exhausting for some. Decide to only do a few activities that are most important to you. It is okay if you say "no" to doing the "other stuff." Give yourself a break.
- Continue to maintain healthy habits. With all the delicious treats around the holidays, it is easy to overindulge. Eating healthfully, then exercising frequently, may lead to feeling more energized and uplifted.
- Take time for yourself. Stick to the old adage that you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Do the activities you enjoy, such as reading, listening to music or practicing mindfulness.
By following some of these tips, you may find that you and your loved ones have a little more sparkle and a bit less stress this holiday season. The Wellness Team wishes you and your family a safe and healthy holiday.