This year, we have all had to adapt to so many changes and challenges. No matter how you’ve been effected by the pandemic, your life may have been mildly impacted or severely. You may know people who have lost their lives or been changed forever by COVID. So, as the holidays approach, we know things may just feel…different. It’s okay if they don’t, but for most of us, things have changed this season. So, what do you do if things just don’t feel festive?
- Plug into giving. Helping others is a tangible way to not only boost your own heart this season, but also do some good. If you have food banks or soup kitchens in your area, see if they’ll allow you to volunteer. Food instability has increased among many families because of financial impacts of the pandemic, so this is a very important way to help. If you don’t know of anything in your area, or you’re too young to volunteer, you could also consider adopting a family in need. This might be someone you know who has lost their job or are struggling to make ends meet, or someone you have hard of through a friend or family member. A giftcard or meal could mean the world to them.
- Make new ways to celebrate traditions: If you are struggling with missing out on traditional things like going to see the Nutcracker with your family, or baking with your grandma who lives far away, think of new ways you can bond instead. If you always bake, send a box with baking mix and cookie cutters to your grandma, and bake together over video! If you always see a ballet or show, try livestreaming it, and watching it at the same time. Although it might be different, you can still maintain some of those familiar things.
- Do things that feel like the holidays, even if you don’t feel like it. Sometimes, it can be hard to feel “festive”, especially if you’re not able to see all your friends or family, or travel far this year. Even if you are able to, it may feel differently depending on the travel or business restrictions. Even if you don’t feel it, put on some Christmas music, light a cozy candle, and dress up in your sparkliest holiday duds! It can truly change your mood.
- Check on your mental health: The holidays are a great time to ask for help if you are struggling with anxiety or depression. We know it’s not the funnest topic to bring up, but the holidays can bring even more joy and happiness if you are taking care of yourself and not shoving all your feelings down. Give yourself the gift of health!
- Play some new Christmas music: Of course, we all love the old standby songs (Mariah Carey, anyone?), but there are SO many great new albums out this year! On Apple Music, check out the new album from Carrie Underwood, called The Gift! Her song with John Legend gives me chills, and is so beautiful. Megan Trainor also has a new holiday album out that’s filled with fun, pop hits, and makes me want to dance! Filling your home or room with holiday tunes will definitely lift your spirits.
No matter what this season brings, I hope it brings you and your loved ones joy. I am so grateful to be celebrating with my family this year, and am so grateful for YOU, my amazing clients!