11 Dec How to Manage Stress around the Holidays during the Ongoing Pandemic
The holidays are quickly approaching, and there are so many things that need to be done. Even though COVID has put a damper on many holiday traditions, it does not mean you cannot spend time with friends and family. Managing your stress levels has gotten more comfortable, as well. Taking the time to carefully plan your holiday gatherings and keeping it as simple as possible are the key ideas to manage holiday stress. This article discusses some simple holiday stress management tips.
Make Self-Care a Priority
Self-care must be a priority. Wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing when you are out and about. Take the time for a nap if you feel that you are overdoing it. With all of the extra activity, you may want to start taking a good vitamin or mineral supplement. Not only will it give you a little extra energy, but it will also boost your immune system. It is also essential that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Also, do not skip your workouts. Schedule your day to make time for your workouts. Additionally, get sufficient rest to ensure that you stay healthy during the holidays.
The holidays can be hectic. Everyone is rushing around to finish their shopping or make sure everything is set for the family dinner. You can avoid the hustle and bustle of the holidays by planning ahead. Take a few minutes every morning to write down all of the things you need to get done. These can include a list of tasks like decorating, shopping, social events, family gatherings, etc. Get to work and check them off one at a time as you finish them.
One of the most stressful parts of the holiday is shopping for your loved ones. Since COVID-19 has made it more challenging to shop comfortably in stores, many people have chosen to shop online. When you shop online, you do not have to leave the comfort of your own home and can choose from a wide selection of items. There is no need for social distancing, and you will not have to stress about fighting the crowd or getting infected with the virus.
Hold Smaller Family Gatherings
If you want to host a family gathering this year, keep it small. Fewer people generally means less work and less clean-up after everything is over. There is less stress involved in hosting a smaller gathering. With everyone bringing a dish (ensure all hygiene protocols are followed in this case), it also means less time in the kitchen and more time spent with those you love.
Use Video Chat Apps
Just because you want to practice social distancing does not mean you cannot spend time with family. Zoom and Teams are great video chat options that you can choose to keep all of the family together even though you may be thousands of miles apart. Get used to using them around the holidays, and you can stay in touch with your loved ones all year long.
Try not to let the stress of the holidays dampen your time with your loved ones. Even with the COVID pandemic, you have plenty of options that will help you make it through the holidays. Call us at Kevin or Marci if you have questions about your insurance or how you can better manage your time during the holidays. We are here to help! Take a little time to relax and enjoy the holiday season!