Tips for Preparing for the Holidays During a Pandemic
With cases of COVID-19 surging in most parts of the country, millions of Americans will break their traditions this year to celebrate the holidays in ways that we hope will help to keep us all safe and healthy. While this year’s celebrations may look a little different, it doesn’t mean they still can’t be memorable and safe. Celebrating holidays alone or with your immediate household members can sound boring and dreary. However, if you view this time with a different more positive perspective, there may be an opportunity to make new memories and celebrate the holidays in new and different ways. Here are a couple of ideas that you may want to consider for a memorable holiday during a pandemic:
Celebrate virtually. Physical distancing may be enforced, but this does not mean we can't connect with the ones we love. Grab your laptop or smartphone and connect with the ones you love via video. It may be helpful to send a calendar reminder and designate a time to meet as a family. If you have a tradition of playing games or giving thanks for your many blessings, you can still do many of these activities through video.
Make videos. Creating videos with those in your immediate household may be a fun, alternative way to interact with friends and family. Share a dance routine, a demonstration of an athletic skill, or even a stand-up comedy. The key is to have fun and let your imagination run free.
Share a meal remotely. Set aside a time to share a meal and good conversation remotely with friends and family. This may be a fun way to compare meals and ideas with the family. If you’re up for dessert, have a cookie decorating contest and find out who is the most creative member of the family!
Go for an after dinner walk. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many of us to quarantine and remain indoors, our psychological as well as physical health may be impacted. The key is to make exercise a daily priority, even during the holidays. Go for a virtual group walk through your neighborhoods to work off all the delicious food you just ate! You can connect with your family via FaceTime, Zoom, or even Facebook video messenger. You may also find groups on Facebook events and Meetup of individuals completing virtual walks with one another.
Stay safe. If you plan to go ahead and join a holiday gathering in person, it’s important to remain vigilant, even when interacting with friends and loved ones. Remember the 3 W’s if visiting with others: Wear a mask to protect yourself and others, watch your distance and remain 6 ft. from others, and most importantly, wash your hands!
The team at Quintessential Health wishes you calmness and peace during these times. It is important to remember that it is okay to not be okay. Should you need additional help and resources during these difficult times, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. For more information, please visit us at www.qhealthonline.com or call us at 1-833-QHCARES. We are here to help.