As the holidays are approaching, and the New Year is on the horizon, it can be a good time for self-reflection and preparation for going into this holiday season. Especially since the holidays will be different this year – not as many hugs, no gatherings, and no shared food around the table with your extended family and friends – now can be a good time to think about some positives of the holidays for this upcoming year:
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help prioritize your mental health through the holidays:
What am I looking forward to the most about these upcoming holidays?
Is there anyone I want to reach out to, a family member or friend
who I may not see this time around because of COVID?
What is one holiday activity that I really enjoy doing, that makes
me feel joy inside?
What do I value most about the holidays?
Some simple self-reflection can inspire you to take action during the holiday times, propelling you to learn new things, reinforce important connections, and feel a sense of ‘togetherness’ even though we may remain far apart.
Even if the holidays will look slightly different this year – there can still be a lot to celebrate and enjoy, and everyone can be together in safe and creative ways this year.