I’ve been fielding a lot of questions from patients about holiday-induced stress this year. In some capacity, I’m sure the same thoughts have crossed your mind, too.
As we head into the holiday tomorrow, I wanted to send a bonus email with 3 simple tips to keep in mind no matter how you’re planning on celebrating:
- Remember the “core” of Thanksgiving
The holiday itself is a practice of gratitude, and although things have worked out much differently than we would have hoped for this last year, there is always something to be grateful for, such as family and friends available via Zoom or FaceTime, food on our table, our health, etc.
Also remember, although you may not get along with everyone you’re planning to be around, disagreement can co-exist with gratitude.
- Be safe (as much as possible)
Safety during this pandemic is not an “all or nothing” thing, and we can find balance in celebrating and staying safe. Even if you are breaking quarantine to gather with family and friends, there are still things you can do to reduce your risk. If you want to gather, gather, but sit six feet apart, wear a mask when you’re not eating, plan your meal during the day so you can sit outside, or open a window if not. Be smart and be safe.
- We’re all in this together
Even if you feel lonely or isolated this holiday season, by virtue of being a human being trying to navigate life during this pandemic, you are in a lot of good company. Everyone feels alone right now (I know, because I’m their psychiatrist, so they tell me). Imagine you’re breaking bread for all the other lonely people out there… and then imagine they are doing the same for you.