6 Tips for Managing Stress during this Covid-19 Holiday Season

The holidays are a joyous time of year but they can also be filled with stress, financial strain and an array of difficult demands. And, with Covid-19 on the rise your holiday plans look and feel more different than ever. Here are some helpful tips we hope will help reduce your stress and allow you to enjoy this holiday season; maybe even more than others. 

Reach Out

This time of year can be a very lonely one for some folks. With added regulations and certain regions in full lockdown, some are feeling more isolated than ever. It’s important to reach out to friends, family members, people in your community — try volunteering, dropping a meal or dessert at a friend’s house (from a distance of course!) or hopping on a FaceTime call with a loved one. There are many ways to stay connected with one another and it is vital that we do..

Acknowledge your feelings

It can be tough when you are not feeling in the holiday spirit. It’s a time usually associated with laughter, gatherings, and time spent with loved ones. However, remember it’s okay if you’re not feeling that way. You can’t force yourself to be cheerful just because it’s eggnog season. Go easy on yourself and allow yourself to feel whatever you are feeling weather it’s happy, sad, disappointed or even confused it’s okay!

Be Realistic

Who says the holidays have to be perfect? Or like ones before? Take the pressure off. As people adjust and grow so do traditions, change can be exciting and allow for new rituals and fun ways to celebrate.

Learn to Say “No”

 “No” can be the scariest, most off limits word to say at times. But don’t be afraid of the word “No”. Saying “yes” when you should be saying “no” can lead to resentment and unnecessary stress. Here is a tip; try not to make decisions out of fear or guilt. People can be more understanding than you think do what works for you that’s what matters most.

Do not abandon healthy habits

As fun as the holidays can be they can also lead to overindulgence, a lack of exercise and increased stress and guilt. Suggestion:

  • Get lots of sleep
  • Plan healthy meals and alternatives 
  • Regular exercise in your daily routine
  • Mediation, yoga, deep breathing
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  • Manage your social media intake

Take a Breather

This should and can be a time to reset. Take some time for yourself. Find a book you’ve always wanted to read or an activity you enjoy. Spending 10—15 minutes alone without external forces can reset your mind, allowing you to handle everything that’s being thrown at you. Do something that reduces stress, clears your mind, slows your breathing and restores your inner calm. Suggestions: 

  • Soothing music
  • Walks in nature
  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Listen to an inspiring podcast

Whatever you’re up to this Holiday Season, try your best to give back to yourself. Follow these six tips and you will be well on your way to a restful, joyful New Year. 

Happy Holidays from all of us at GroupOne Insurance. Be safe, be well, and we will see you in what we hope will be a better and more normal New Year!