As we are quickly approaching the holidays, thoughts are slowly turning to the holidays and what quarantine means for them. For most of us it will mean our large family gatherings will have to go by the wayside this year. Something that many of us look forward to on an annual basis.
So, how will we cope? What should we anticipate? I think that needless to say it will add a new, or enhanced, challenge to this whole quarantine business. Some of us may end up alone for the holidays or just with our house mates. One thing for sure, it most likely will not be the same.
Planning for Happy Holidays
While we still have plenty of time before the holidays set in, I think it’s worth taking some time now to think about the reality of what the holidays will be like. Are we are going to be alone? Or without many of our loved ones? Perhaps creating a plan now to reduce the challenges is warranted.
While nothing will replace the hugs from Grandma, your mother’s loving touch, or your father’s looks of pride, there are some things that you can do to help prepare yourself for the holidays.
For example, plan group face time calls with each other to celebrate part of the day with each other. Send each other care package so that you can enjoy similar things together on the special days. Reach out and plan calls with those loved ones in your extended family so that you still feel the connection with all.
Also, I think it would be prudent to plan for a bit of challenging feelings during the holidays. They tend to bring out more emotions as it is, but this year is likely to be a doozy for feelings. Planning a selfcare package that will lift our spirits when the mood hits might be a great idea.
This could mean coordinating small gifts to be delivered to our house from your favorite stores. Or, it could mean putting together a box ahead of time to use as our feel good go to box. Whatever it is, lets make sure that we have a plan for taking care of ourselves. Let’s face it, these are surreal times. Extra pampering is needed by us all to get through them in the best possible way. Take some time to celebrate yourself!
What are your Holiday Plans?
Are you going to be able to enjoy it with a few loved ones or will you be isolated from your family? What plans have you made to not only get through the holidays but enjoy them?