Every year around this time, I share some tips on dealing with the extra stress that happens during the holidays.
You can read those here:
But this year has the potential to be the most stressful yet – or does it?
With travel restrictions and physical distancing measures in place, you may have more time to take of yourself since you aren’t hopping between Christmas parties, family gatherings, and shopping malls.
On the other hand, not being able to be with loved ones or take a much needed vacation may also take a toll on your mental health.
While the tips I have shared previously still apply like:
- Move around
- Get enough sleep
- Plan ahead/have a to-do list
- Treat yourself
- Take a moment and breathe
This year I thought I would share some new tips designed especially for the hell that is 2020.
- Get outside
- Think out-of-the-box for holiday gift giving.
- Identify new hobbies
- Check in on loved ones
Julie M. Gentile in Chicago Parent shared 5 No-Cost Self-Care Tips to Help You Get Through a Pandemic with suggestions like:
- Go to bed earlier
- Exercise in the morning
- Check in with yourself
- Take a break from electronics
The Mayo Clinic talks about stress, depression and the holidays: tips for coping:
- Acknowledge your feelings
- Reach out
- Be realistic
- Set aside differences
- Stick to a budget
- Plan ahead
- Learn to say no
- Take a breather
- Seek professional help if you need it
And finally for those of you who can’t be with loved ones this year, Jonathan Sims put together some advice in Mental Health Professionals Offer Advice for Happy Holidays. including how to create your own holiday celebrations for yourself and check in with your loved ones as often as possible.
How will you be celebrating the holidays this year while also managing year-end campaigns?