Pandemics are stressful. This stress can ruin the upcoming holiday season and leave you feeling empty. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off the negativity just in time to spread cheer this coming month and the ones following.
There are multiple reasons why someone may already find this time of year difficult. In a normal year, the holiday season presents all kinds of demands like shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning and entertaining. It can be hard to manage everyone’s expectations, especially during these hard times set by COVID-19.
Even amid this moment, it is possible to minimize the stress that accompanies holiday celebrations with a few tips and tricks. Healthily coping will help you, the people you care about and your whole community stronger.
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Take a breather
Balance staying informed regarding COVID-19 with the feeling of information overload. It’s okay to take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories if you feel necessary. Hearing about it repeatedly can be depressing and cloud the excitement of the season.
Make some time for yourself and do the holiday traditions you enjoy. Spending a night alone watching your favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas movie can be the refresh you need.
Please note that it is important to stay up-to-date on local information and requirements covering the pandemic. If you choose to wear a mask while driving alone in your car, that’s totally up to you. If you wear a mask in a store that doesn’t require it, again — your choice. Just be sure to respect posted guidelines and the decisions of others just as you want them to respect yours.