The fall is in full swing. So, this means one thing – the holiday season is coming. You want to protect yourself, your family and community from COVID-19, and still enjoy the holiday season? No worries. In this article, we outline some considerations and ideas for enjoying safe and happy holidays in 2020.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR GATHERINGS AND EVENTS
There are multiple factors that affect the virus spread risk at celebrations during the holiday season. So, whether you think about hosting or attending an event, make sure you take the following aspects into consideration. First, evaluate if you or someone you live/work with is at high risk for severe illnesses. Second, avoid locations with high levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread.
Third, make sure that the duration of the event and the number of attendees are reasonable. Pay attention to where attendees come from, as well as whether they implement preventive measures before and during the gathering. If possible, host and attend outdoor activities.
During the festive season continue following good hygiene, limit contact with shared items and keep safe around drinks and food.
Last, but not least, take extra precautions for 2 weeks after participating in high-risk activities to protect others.
WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON IN 2020 – MISSION POSSIBLE
Even though you might need to modify celebrations in 2020, you can still have a happy holiday season. Here is how.
Start with setting an intention for the holiday season. What do you want to experience? How do you want to feel? Calm? Balanced? Relaxed? Or maybe even adventurous?
You may be thinking that you cannot feel excited unless you travel to a different country. However, nothing could be further from the truth. For instance, you can prepare a new cuisine from a country that you have not visited before. Or you can watch a documentary about famous sights you would otherwise go visiting.
After all, there are more than 190 countries in the world. So, you have plenty of options to choose from. Trying out a new hobby might be another great way to make the most out of this holiday season. Spending time out with your loved ones can include stargazing, bird watching or camping.
You can also organize indoor activities within your household such as painting, playing cards or reading together. Getting together with family can certainly have a positive effect on our well-being this holiday season. At the same time, it can often lead to potentially tensed situations.
So, remember to keep some of the routines that help you feel grounded. Also, think of a simple kind response to use in triggering situations. These can be caused by relatives who tend to pose indiscreet questions or make critical comments. However this holiday season unfolds, look for the beauty in imperfection. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with love, prosperity, laughter and very best wishes for a successful new year.