This year has been far from normal, so we couldn’t expect the holidays to be anything less. Despite how much we want to return to pre-pandemic times, there are some additional considerations to help protect our physical and emotional health this year.
In terms of COVID, in-person holiday celebrations could pose higher risk levels. So, before committing to a celebration, please consider these risks:
- Where is the location of the gathering? We know that indoor gatherings will increase the risk of contraction and our winter temperatures don’t exactly allow for outdoors.
- Celebrations that are longer in length and have a higher amount of people also could increase exposure risk. It is important to remember, you do not necessarily know where your guests have been or are traveling from, so guests who are taking proper preventative measures would be a smarter choice.
- Lastly, those who have been exposed to COVID, diagnosed, have symptoms, or are at increased risk for illness should avoid in-person gatherings this year. Consider video chatting into the party you can’t physically be at.
Times are strange but your physical health and the health of those around you is much more important than attending a celebration.
Emotional health is equally important during the holidays. It is encouraged to acknowledge your feelings this season and reach out if you feel lonely or isolated. Be realistic about what your holiday celebration will look like this year and understand if other’s feel differently than you.
Stick to a budget. The holidays are much more than gift giving, so don’t try to purchase beyond your means. Take a breather, find time to relax and plan out any grocery shopping or gifting lists you need. Having a clear plan will help avoid panic later. In addition, don’t forget to seek appropriate professional help if you need it.
Don’t dread this COVID holiday season, instead take proper precautions around your physical and emotional health.