We are finally at week 10 of Fall Quarter! Once we get past finals, we get to rest and relax for a long winter break. During this break, many of us will be celebrating a variety of holidays. With the pandemic, some of these holiday plans may look different. While this may be initially upsetting, there are ways to still have a great holiday season, even with all that is going on in the world. Here are a few ways to do this!
- If you do plan to travel and meet up with others, do so safely. Adhere to guidelines like wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart from others to ensure that the risk for getting COVID is as low as possible.
- If possible, find new ways to connect with others. A silver lining of this time is that it allows us to come up with new and creative ways to do things like connecting with others. This may look like sending cards to your friends and family to tell them why you are thankful for them on Thanksgiving or having a virtual celebration over Zoom for New Year’s Eve.
- Look for joy and excitement in the little things. Maybe you are going to try a new Christmas cookie recipe or you are just excited to see holiday lights and decorations up around your neighborhood. Looking for joy in the little things can help you focus on what is going well, as opposed to focusing on what may not be going as well. While it is okay to feel however you are feeling about the changes that come along with celebrating holidays during a pandemic, showing gratitude for the little things may help cope with these feelings and boost your mood.
- Create boundaries to protect yourself and your health. Maybe there are some topics that you are not comfortable discussing with family members due to differing opinions. Maybe you are struggling with your relationship with food and need a little help coping with food-focused holidays, like Thanksgiving. If this is the case, set clear boundaries both with yourself and others to ensure that you are protecting your health. If you need help coming up with appropriate boundaries to set, speak to a friend, family member, or therapist to help you brainstorm.
- Take time for self-care. While this is supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year”, it can also be stressful for many reasons, even without a pandemic. It is okay to take time to yourself to ensure that you are able to cope and re-energize as well as possible. Be sure to schedule in time for rest and self-care activities, especially if you know you will be busy and less likely to prioritize self-care.
With these tips in mind, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season and winter break! Be sure to take care of yourself for a successful finals week so you can push through to a nice, long break. If you need any 1:1 help, always feel free to contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our social media (@HealthyDePaul on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)!