Celebrating Christmas festivals and occasions during the COVID-19 pandemic

It’s important to remember that, while planning a celebration may be a wonderful and exciting time for many, some individuals may feel a lot of pressure to create the best experience for their loved ones. This can lead to increased tension, worry, and feelings of inadequacy, which may be worsened this year by the unexpected challenges. If the extra demands of the season have you feeling overwhelmed, try to balance your sense of obligation with your need for self-care.

Going on a stroll, doing something you like, or practicing mindfulness techniques such as yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises can all be beneficial.

How to Celebrate While Under Restriction?

1. Focus on kindness

Attempt to shift your attention away from what you can’t have and onto the good things you can do for others and yourself.

2. Be there for one another

Try to talk about how you’re feeling with family and friends, listen to how others are coping, and respond with empathy and compassion.

3. Spend some time being thankful

Appreciating the simple joys in life. Reflecting on what you have to be thankful for may truly raise your feelings.

4. Gift giving

If you are about to buy more gifts than usual, maybe to compensate for the fact that the celebrations are different this year, remember that this is a common sensation, but it is not something you must do. We’re all in this together, and your talents and gifts are sufficient. You don’t have to make up for things that are out of your control. If money is short this year, remember not to overspend and instead consider doing something creative or thoughtful instead of spending more money.

5. Keep an eye on what you’re drinking, eating, and spending

Whether we can have large celebrations or not, it’s essential to keep an eye on what you’re drinking, eating, and spending. To deal with stress, some people may resort to drink, food, shopping, or illicit narcotics.

6. If you’re celebrating with kids

Why not start a ‘life memories’ scrapbooking project to remember how you celebrated in 2021? Explain that this will be an essential record of how we lived in the future. Similarly, older children and adults may like to record their ideas and feelings in a notebook at this time. Furthermore, this may be a period when your children regularly get together with cousins or friends. You might try to remain in touch with them via video calls, so they feel included.

7. Do something unusual this year and send someone a meaningful handwritten message

Let them know you’re thinking of them. If you can’t go to the post office or buy stamps, you can always send a digital card via social media or email, using platforms like SmileBox or Paperless Post.

8. Keep traditions

You might try to cling to the traditions that you have in place. Maintaining traditions, whether it’s creating a specific meal or decorating your home on a specific day, can help you develop a feeling of normalcy.

9. Stick to the regulations

If you feel pressured by friends or family to breach the restrictions, remember that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, and the situation is serious. Following government standards is for everyone’s safety, including our own. By obeying the rules, we all contribute to a better society.

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