This Year Is Going To Be Different – Here’s How To Maintain Your Health & Wellness
Each and every year, the holiday season brings joy, love, and laughter for millions of people all around the world. And while that sentiment surely isn’t going anywhere, it’s safe to say that this year will be different from any other year that we’ve experienced in recent memory. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a wave of stress, anxiety, depression, loss, and uncertainty with it ever since its development in early 2020. Nearly 1 year later, we’re still dealing with the debilitating mental effects of the pandemic. The holidays are supposed to be a time of peace and joy – and while it might seem impossible to embrace this sentiment this year, it’s important to remember that you need to maintain your health and wellness – especially given all that you’ve been through this year. In this article, we’re going to show you just how to deal with stress around the holidays.
Come To Terms With How You’ve Been Feeling
If you’ve experienced hard times this year due to the pandemic, if you’ve lost a friend, a colleague, or a loved one, or if you’ve been struggling to make ends meet with limited options, then you’re certainly not alone. It’s normal to feel sad, and it’s okay to grieve. Avoiding your feelings or forcing yourself to feel a certain way because it’s the holiday season isn’t going to be enough – especially this year. Instead, come to terms with your feelings. Recognize that you’ve had a rough year, and give yourself the chance to truly recognize what the holidays are here for.
People Are Just People
As difficult as this year has been all across the board – and as distant as you might feel form people whom you once called friends or family members, it’s important to remember that people are just people. We’re all human, and the holidays are about spending time with those you love, regardless of your differences. This year, try to set aside your differences with others – we’ve all had it rough this year, and we all deserve our family and friends.
Don’t Push Your Health Aside
With everything that has been going on this year, it would be easy to simply push your health to the wayside and abandon all of those healthy habits that you’ve worked so hard to develop. Instead, pay more attention to those healthy habits – mental and physical. Eat healthy meals, work on your mindfulness, take walks, go for a run, enjoy a quiet night with your spouse – anything that you can do to build up your mental health is critical.
Simply Take A Breath
We know that the holidays are different this year, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be bad. This year has certainly been a tough one – which is all the more reason for why you should do everything in your power to get rid of the stress, anxiety, and feeling of overwhelm to take the time that you need to revitalize, re-energize, and rebuild your mental health during this time of peace and joy.