The holidays are nearly upon us once again. Given all that’s unfolded this year, it’s going to be a holiday season to remember.
With that said, you want to make sure the upcoming holidays are memorable for the right reasons. In other words, it’s essential to find ways to be happy and healthy despite everything that’s going in in the world these days.
The following are important things to keep in mind as we enter the holiday season:
Wear a mask
Masks are all the rage these days, and rightfully so; the CDC says they’re effective at helping prevent the spread of viral infections, including coronavirus. However, it only works if everyone wears one. Besides wearing a mask where it’s required, put one on whenever you’re in close proximity to strangers. Consider stocking up on fun and quirky holiday-themed masks to spice it up a bit. After all, Halloween is the time of year we’re wearing masks anyways.
Practice good hygiene
Proper hand washing regularly will prove critical in keeping you and your loved ones healthy this holiday season. What’s more, everyone in your house needs to make a conscious effort to keep their hands away from their faces at all times. It’s a good time to learn how to stop thumb sucking if small children are making it a habit. These and other aspects of good personal hygiene will reduce the chances of anyone getting sick, whether it’s a case of the common cold or something worse.
Opt to shop online
Shopping is a big part of the holiday season, but this year will be a little different. Most retailers have canceled their traditional Black Friday extravaganzas due to the pandemic, meaning there’s not much incentive to shop in-store. It’s much better for your health and wellbeing to stick to online shopping as much as possible. If shopping in-store, make sure to keep your mask above your nose, maintain social distancing, and apply hand sanitizer before and after your shopping experience.
Practice safe social distancing at parties and get-togethers
The family-style spread of foods and drinks might be off the table this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy holiday get-togethers with friends and extended family. Bring your own foods and drinks and practice safe social distancing by standing at least six feet apart at all times. It’s not ideal, but nothing about this year has, so roll with it. Looking back, you’ll be glad you did, despite the bizarre circumstances.
Remember to be grateful
2020 has been a series of unwelcome news and unfortunate events. Virtually everyone’s life has been negatively altered in some way. Be that as it may, we need to remember to be grateful for what we still have. Do you still have your job? Is your new car still in the garage? Have you and your loved ones managed to avoid infection? Did those who fell ill survive? If the answer is yes, then you’ve had a good year.
It’s been a very interesting year, and the holiday season won’t be much different. Who knows what the rest of the year will bring? With that said, we can all do our part to ensure everyone stays as healthy and happy as possible in the months ahead. After all, ‘tis the season!