Holiday traditions often make us feel joy and comfort. Due to the pandemic, this holiday may feel different. This will require us to think of alternative and creative ways to connect with family and friends. This can include:
Using technology, phoning, texting, arranging for a walk or exercising outdoors
Sending humorous and inspirational messages, memes and videos
Finding a holiday playlist for yourself or others
Volunteering with community support groups for outreach calls, either over the phone or safely in-person, to support others who are not socially connected
2. Shift Your Expectations of Yourself and the Holidays
As the holidays may be quieter than ones in the past, this allows for more time to:
Pause and think of what you want or need to get out of this holiday and the year to come
Relax, ‘declutter’ your mind, feel and create calm, and care for yourself and others.
Think about what helps you relax, which can be anything from a movie night to board games to online group chats to hot baths to a book, blanket and hot beverage
Get inspired with a project, magazines, a new recipe or work-out
Discover a mindful app or calming music, webcasts or podcasts
Try online exercising, yoga or games
Watch livestream concerts or virtual tours of museums
Keep a balance between competing demands and your personal ability and resources to meet those demands
3. Recognize Growth and Hope
Due to the pandemic we have changed the way we work, socialize, and live, but at the same time, children and youth continue to grow and learn. What do we want our children and youth to learn about themselves and the world around them?
It can be important to express frustration, distress or acknowledge things that cannot change, but at the same time, this needs to be balanced with conversations about overcoming, coping and finding hope
Talk about the challenges, what has been lost and what has been learned and gained this year
Talk about admirable and inspirational people, locally and internationally
What were the creative ways that you learned to care for yourself and reach out to others?