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December: Happy, Healthy Holidays

There is no way around it, this holiday season will be different than previous years. There is no avoiding the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is still plenty of ways to ensure this season is merry and bright!
Tips for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season in 2020
  • Keep it simple. One of the quickest ways to holiday burnout is to set high, unrealistic expectations for yourself. Make your plans simple and your activities doable.
  • Create a holiday “bucket list”.  Ask yourself and your family for ideas of fun, realistic things to do this holiday season. Write down your holiday “goals” and keep them in a place where everyone can see them. Ideas might include watching a favorite holiday movie, decorating cookies, donating to charity, looking at Christmas lights, etc.
  • Pace yourself. The holiday season lasts for several weeks. Break your holiday preparations into small steps so you can accomplish a little each week. Also, do not forget our first tip and ‘keep it simple’ to prevent holiday burnout.
  • Reflect on past holidays. Think back to moments you have treasured during past holiday seasons, and try to recapture the essence of what made those times special even though it might not be exactly the same.
  • Look forward with optimism. Setting goals challenges us to aim for higher fulfillment and self-improvement. Give yourself something to look forward to next year. Set small, realistic resolutions, and ask others to help you stay accountable.
  • Talk to someone who cares. If you feel bogged down by a case of the holiday blues, do not suffer through the season. Reach out and talk to someone you trust.

*Source: Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress This Year by ComPsych Guidance Resources
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