One of the greatest gifts this part of the year offers is celebrating all that was in the past year and making way for new things in the new year. The COVID-19 pandemic, with so much death, has also created a pause and reset many structures in our lives.
Tip 1: Light at the end of the tunnel.
Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel can make people restless and impatient about finally reaching the light. This can lead to picking up an increased pace forward, exhaustion, overextension of energies. Remind yourself, although it looks like the light at the end of the tunnel is very close, the last chapter of this pandemic is not yet written, and no one knows exactly when we will be out of the tunnel. Enjoy the positive feeling of welcoming that there will be an end while at the same time accepting that we are still in the pandemic and not sure how long we will have to endure.
Tip 2: Treat yourself and others gentle.
For many of us, this has been a rough year. Slowing down this festive season, reaching out for companionship and even assistance to those who need it can help us preserve our sanity and health.
Tip 3: Accept the Offer of Alternatives.
COVID-19 deprived you of things you loved, your favorite sports activity, concerts, parties, and other activities that we usually utilize to add energy and spice to our lives. COVID-19 has taken away many of these activities, demanding social distancing, so instead of complaining about what you cannot change, look at the alternatives that open for yourself. There are many activities or even restful inactivity, which we have neglected over our 24/7 lifestyles. But also, for those who crave activity, you find plenty of inspiration on the internet in the form of work-out videos, do it yourself videos, but also meditation and relaxation, which your body and mind might be craving.
Tip 4: Giving and receiving this holiday season.
Giving out energy and gifts, especially this year, must balance receiving what nourishes us and helps us rejuvenate after the holidays. Even the social distancing twist of this holiday season does not mean stopping all tradition rather innovating, especially now. Spending time with loved ones or people that matter most during these festive times may need to be on the phone or online via your favorite platform. It’s just as important as healthy eating habits and plenty of rest during any holiday season. COVID-19 self-isolation offers the opportunity to indulge in what you love, get caught-up, organized, and create holiday connections like never before.