2020 has been an unconventional year, and this holiday season will be no exception. While the holidays are usually known as a time for togetherness and gathering, this year is going to look a little different. With social distancing restrictions changing the way we celebrate, we may feel more isolated than usual. And for those who have recently experienced a loss of a loved one, keeping a distance during the holidays can be especially tough. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite tips to prevent and address the holiday blues.
Distractions, Distractions, Distractions
Distractions are a great way to keep our minds off of overwhelming thoughts. When we redirect our minds, it can help relieve those anxious feelings. So make a list, check it twice, learn a new skill, finish that jigsaw puzzle, or bake that new holiday recipe you’ve been wanting to try.
Another way to protect your mental health this season is to stay active. Although many gyms have social-distancing measures in place that can feel disruptive, there are plenty of other ways to stay active while staying safe. Youtube is a great resource to find a variety of exercise videos including yoga, aerobics, pilates, high-intensity interval training, strength training, and so much more. Video-conferencing platforms like Zoom even allow for friends or loved ones to get together virtually for a group class. And weather permitting, a nice stroll in the neighborhood is a fun way to stay active while admiring all of the seasonal decor.
Keep Busy Throughout the Holiday Season
Keeping a full schedule is a great way to protect mental health. Mindfully scheduling your day can help you maintain a healthy routine filled with self-care activities. So, make a schedule and stick to it! Create a to-do list of things you don’t normally have time for, enjoy some holiday decorating, or tackle your holiday shopping list for a feel-good boost.
Let’s Get Together (Virtually)
There are ways to stay connected safely. Consider using the extra time at home to hand write holiday cards for your friends and loved ones. Or, use video-conferencing through Zoom, Facetime or even Skype to make holiday crafts with friends, bake cookies with Grandma, or share a warm meal with your parents. Besides, you can still see your loved one’s smiling faces when they open up their gifts.
Practice (Holiday-Inspired) Self-Care
Last but certainly not least, there are limitless self-care activities that can be practiced from home. After taking a Zoom workout class, participating in a Facetime baking lesson with your Mom, or crushing your holiday shopping list, try winding down with your favorite self-care activities like cozying up with a blanket and a book, enjoying a warm beverage, lighting your favorite candle or listening to holiday music.
The holiday season can be hectic, so remember to get some sleep, maintain a balanced diet, and check in with one another. And if you do choose to meet up with family and friends, remember to be safe and practice social distancing.