We’ve felt a myriad of feelings throughout this pandemic as we’ve seen the numbers change over time. From March’s “stay in your home all the time and stock up on toilet paper,” to “how can we live life now and minimize our risk.” Now in December, the coronavirus is still here and surging, and we are all exhausted and looking forward to the end of the year.
Along with physical and emotional fatigue, many of us are also experiencing zoom fatigue. Digital connection has been key throughout the year, and we are grateful for it, but it can also leave us seeking additional screen-free ways to celebrate the season.
Here are five ways to infuse joy into the holiday season, starting with a bit of reflection and acceptance:
Above all, remember to be compassionate and take care of yourself. Everyone gets a pass this holiday season, in that you do not have to plan or put too much pressure on yourself. Emotional fuses can feel particularly short these days. Take some time to engage in self-care and remember, being compassionate towards yourself will allow you to be more compassionate with others. So stay safe, take good care, and pat yourself on the back for getting through this year.