The holiday season of 2020 is completely different from any other. COVID-19 has taken its toll and continues to run rampant.
With more than 260,000 lives lost to the coronavirus either directly or as a catalyst for an underlying condition, it’s more important than ever that you’re mindful of your health and work to keep yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy during the holiday season.
Fight the COVID-19 Stress During the Holidays
Here are some tips that might help you avoid unhealthy activities so you can come out of the holiday season feeling better than ever:
Don’t Overindulge in Unhealthy Self-Soothing
We all know that wine, candy, chips, and soda are all bad for us, but they aren’t terribly harmful in moderation. Now is not the time to stress eat, also known as unhealthy self-soothing. These items might help your mental health but will have negative effects on your physical health. Try to limit these items during the holidays.
Schedule Time for Healthy Self-Soothing
Your health is important and you need to make sure you can take care of what you need. You might be working at home for the first time, which makes it hard to know when you should perform some tasks. Enjoy some downtime with music, Epsom salt baths, listening to music, doing yoga, exercise, and meditation. Relieve your stress in a healthy way during the COVID-19 holiday season.
Manage Your Environment
Create an area for work and an area for relaxation. Try to separate these areas in your home, if you can, but if not simply manage your schedule. Create a ritual that will let you know when the workday begins and when it ends. Wear your work clothes during work hours if you’re used to doing this and then change when the workday is over.
Maintain Your Sleep Routine
One of the most important factors in your physical health is your sleep routine. If you have a routine for sleep, stick to it so that you maintain the rhythm of your body and what it expects. The sudden change to working at home during the coronavirus pandemic makes it hard for you to adjust, but if you stay on your normal routine, it will feel more natural to you.
Get Some Sun
Vitamin D is important to your immune system and the response your body had to bacteria and viruses. Getting sun will increase your vitamin D reserves. If you can’t go outside for some sun by taking a walk, open the shades and windows to let the sun enter your area. You might be around others during the holiday season, don’t let your body break down because you didn’t get enough sun.
Even if you have to move a couple of pieces of furniture in your home to create an exercise space, you can get some workouts in. There are tons of online workouts that you can perform and enjoy. This is one of the most important ways to manage your health and make sure you look and feel your best during the holiday season.
Create and Enjoy an In-Home Hydrotherapy Machine
Using your bath or shower for the therapeutic and toxin-flushing impact it can have could make a huge difference in your day and improve your health. Hot showers and baths ease muscle tension and help to relieve stress on your body. The steam from hot showers hydrates your nasal passages, which makes you more COVID-19 resistant. Cold showers also have several health benefits; make use of the shower and bath in your home and feel great.
Reach Out for Emotional Support
Using Zoom or other online video chatting platforms, you can reach out for some virtual happy hours, brunches, and hangouts with your friends and coworkers. Schedule this with your family if you’re beginning to feel too isolated. More people than ever before won’t be able to travel during the holiday season, but you can still improve your emotional health with a virtual meeting.
Keep Your Health in Mind and Enjoy the Holiday Season
Even though you might not see as many people during the 2020 holiday season as you normally do, you can enjoy relaxing and connecting virtually. Take care of your health and pay attention to how you feel during this time of year. This pandemic has taken its toll on the world, but you can come out of it better than ever if you pay attention to your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.