4 Holiday Wellness Tips during COVID-19
As we approach the holiday season it’s more important than ever to think of ways to maintain wellness this Christmas despite COVID-19. It’s undeniably been a tough year and one many will be happy to move on from. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that it is more important than ever that we take stock of the positives where we can.
“I’m certain it doesn’t have to be a miserable Christmas. It can be a time for reflection, rest, connection and creating new memories that could make it a Christmas like no other. Christmas 2020 isn’t cancelled,” says psychotherapist and author of Ten Times Happier, Owen O’Kane.
By adjusting our mindset and attitude towards doing Christmas differently this year, we can turn it into a positive experience and, when we feel happy and content, it’s easy for that festive cheer to become contagious.
We asked our Wellness Expert at Shanti-Som for top Holiday Wellness Tips during COVID-19 for the Christmas period:
Accept the situation
It’s understandable there will be a degree of disappointment with the situation we find ourselves in this Christmas but we must accept it. If we fixate on how it should be, how you want it to be or what will happen next, it leads to increased levels of distress. Living in the present moment, accepting things as they are and taking everything one step at a time makes it easier to feel hopeful.
Most importantly we need to take care of ourselves so our bodies and mind are strong and able to tackle the daily challenges, restrictions and frustrations we are faced with.
Be grateful and mindful of what you do have this Christmas. That might be something fundamental like good health and having your direct family members at the dinner table enjoying an intimate meaningful conversation.
Connect with People who bring Joy
Pause to reflect and rejoice in the presence around you. Invest more in real relationships in front of us that bring positivity rather than in comparisons of your life to others.
Our connections with other people are at the heart of happiness- theirs and ours. Do you ever notice after having a real conversation with someone you leave energized and feeling a sense of self-worth? The other person no doubt felt the same way. This means you brought joy to each other and these relationships are worth nurturing.
Remember the importance of being a good friend. Christmas can be a difficult period regardless of COVID-19. Is there someone you haven’t replied their call or text message? By reaching out you have undoubtedly brought a spark of joy and validation for them in themselves and your relationship.
Self Reflect and Set New Goals
Reflect as 2020 wraps up and set some intentions for how you can grow in 2021 personally, professionally, spiritually and relationally.
Make a list of all the positive personal realizations or lessons you have learnt during this difficult year. Maybe you have rekindled your love for a hobby or sport? Or maybe you have been able to spend more quality time with those you live with or realized you enjoy spending weekends alone at home. Think about how these new realizations may change habits, routines and goals for 2021. It may be something significant like realizing you no longer enjoy your job and want to turn one of your new hobbies into a business.
We were restricted in a big way in 2020, so what were you not able to achieve in the last 12 months and how will you tackle this in 2021. Schedule time in your diary to remind yourself throughout the year to self reflect and remember how you lived with much less in 2020 and the positives that came from this.
Go Big on the Decorations
“Every piece of research on low mood tells us that light, colour and sparkle help improve mood. In some Nordic traditions, Christmas lights stay in place until the end of January to create a sense of optimism and hope in the midst of winter. Perhaps this Christmas is the year to bring some extra light and colour into your home. It will serve as a reminder that you can create light in life’s darker moments. It will also cheer up your neighbours, and hopefully create a domino effect of positive energy.
Get crafty and make your own Christmas decorations you can adorn with lights. Try making your own fresh foliage wreath and DIY Christmas Cards.
Most of all stay safe this festive season and respect the social distancing rules established within your States. If movement is limited in your area plan ahead with some fun activities that can keep things jolly despite quarantine.
We hope our ‘Holiday Wellness Tips during COVID-19’ have helped give perspective during these challenging times. Remember to enjoy all things fun and beautiful this season despite the global situation. But also remember that the best gift you can give yourself and others is spreading the energy of hope, love and positive connection.
Spread joy and kindness this Christmas.
It’s all up to you.
Whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this Christmas holidays and throughout the coming year.
Merry Christmas from the team at Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat.