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Ways to Make This Year’s Holidays Special Despite the Pandemic

The holidays are likely to look a little different for everyone this year. For some, holiday traditions may need to get altered or skipped altogether, like other celebrations and events from this year. You might be asking yourself how you can make the holidays still feel special for you and your family.

Start with self-care. Take time to do things for yourself, even if it’s something as simple as taking a bath, going for a walk, journaling, meditating, or reading.

Surround yourself with positivity. It’s essential to surround yourself with people who make you feel happy versus those who consistently bring you down. If the news or social media makes you feel stressed, then limit your time on them.

Get the family involved.  Give each family member an opportunity to speak up and share their thoughts. Consider letting each person pick an activity for the family to do together over the next few weeks.

Get out of the house. Taking a walk, going on short car rides, or enjoying a bike ride can be great activities outside of the house. The sun and some fresh air can be beneficial for your emotional and physical health.

Spread some holiday cheer. Showing kindness to others can be a great way to spread holiday cheer. Baking cookies and dropping them off on a friend’s porch is one inexpensive way to let friends know that you’re thinking of them and that you care.