With the holiday fast approaching, it can be stressful to deal with the upcoming challenges of gift-giving, social distancing and stress.
First and foremost, it is important to acknowledge your stress and make the changes most beneficial to you. While this may sound easier said than done, recognize the pressure, anxiety, and sadness that can come in a time changed by COVID-19. Take the time for yourself to acknowledge your sadness and stress.
Although we may not see all our family members and/or friends this season, make sure to reach out to those who matter most through video chats, calls, and texts. It is important to set realistic goals on what can be accomplished during this time of year. Although the holidays revolve around traditions, this can be the year of changing – or even modifying – what is typically done. By sharing memories, finding fun games, having a digital dinner through video chat on your tablet, or watching the same movie while apart, you can find a way to stay connected while distant.
Despite the fact there may be some separation this year, there still are some other stressors this time of year – including family and presents. Although there will be an increase in distant holiday celebrations this year, it can still be overwhelming to have to talk to relatives or friends you may not necessarily get along with – even if it’s in a group chat. It is important to set personal boundaries from those who can cause you stress. During this unprecedented time, it is important to remove any source of negativity in your life, where possible.
When it comes to gift-giving, it can become overwhelming to come up with the perfect and inexpensive present. It is important – now more than never – to create a budget or think of alternative gifts to give this year. Rather than getting a traditional gift, make something homemade. Whether it is baking cakes and cookies, knitting winter essentials, or making sugar scrubs, each thing made is a gift from the heart.
Here are some fun homemade gifts to add to your list:
· Snowman Spoons to pair with hot cocoa