And just like that, 2020 is coming to a close and the holidays are upon us. And while this year’s celebrations will look a little different than the last, different doesn’t have to mean bad! We know this might feel like a major sacrifice, but there is still hope ahead. Here are some simple ways to brighten up the season, no matter your circumstance.
Maintain traditions where you can (and try to optimize them where you can’t)
Though it may come naturally to focus on what we’ve been denied, there are parts of the holidays you can still enjoy. The best way to get in the spirit is to find excitement in the little things– they’re what count, anyway. Kids missing their annual visit to see old St Nick? Services like this one help you schedule a call that might make them forget they aren’t in real life. Carols are also video-call friendly 😊 Fire up the hot cocoa, build a gingerbread house (or loaf), send cards to your loved ones, and stay positive! Whatever your traditions, see how you can modify them to fit the present time.
Take expert advice
Rules are varying throughout the country but do your best to remain abreast of your local restrictions. An easy way to keep up? for stats in Canada and keep an eye on published information from authorities like the WHO.
Put yourself first
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again, a happy holiday starts with you. But in the hustle to get things done, it’s easy to lose sight of your own needs. Remember: self-care isn’t selfish! Whether it be taking a nice hot bath or levelling up your nighttime routine, be sure to take some time to show yourself some extra love. These are trying times, and while you may still be adjusting to the frame we find ourselves in today, remember to keep an eye on stressors, take deep breaths and be deliberately grateful for the things that you do
We know you do what you can to eat right and exercise regularly, but it’s time to step this up a notch. Your immune system plays a big role in your overall health and relies on you alone to keep it strong. Aiming for optimal health is a great place to start. That means moving daily, eating nutritiously and being good to your mind. Keep your plates colourful (with nutrient-dense foods like these), and supplement when you need the extra help! The winter weather means less access to critical nutrients like vitamin D, as well as increased likeliness of contracting the common cold or flu. Stay friendly with the produce aisle (and stock up on these in case you need to fill the gap).
Make the most of it!
Remember that happiness is not by chance, but by choice! This season, embrace the moments and make them extra special for those you can spend them with. If we can thank the pandemic for anything, it’s creativity. Some cities are setting up , others are offer heated patios, but all of them are full of people like you and me, experiencing the very same thing at the core. Wherever you are, dial into what is going on around you and find simple ways to (safely) inspire the spirit of togetherness. And whatever you chose to do, remember that we are all in this together. Happy holidays! You deserve them.