We will all remember 2020 as the year of the pandemic and the changes it made to our society, our communities, our families and our day-to-day routines. It will be especially different at this time of the year when we are used to gathering indoors around the hearth or the table with our family and friends and we are now unable to do so. Rather than focus on what we cannot do or what we may have lost, try to prioritize the positive aspects of life we can all still share in:
1. Family time. Most of us will agree that we have had a lot more time together as an immediate family this year. Although this can be stressful at times, we may eventually realize it was the best part of this year and change forever how connected we are to each other. Consider gifts that families can have fun doing together like board games or DIY projects.
2. Getting outside. We hear this recommendation a lot these days, as the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and support our physical and mental health. Whether a walk in the woods or neighbourhood or a trip to the ski hill, the benefits of getting out in nature have not changed a bit! Check out our blog on getting Merry with Movement for ideas on getting active outside and inside on drearier days.
3. Decorating. Stringing lights, using candles and lots of colour is common in cultures around the world during the dark days of winter to give our homes a bright, inspiring boost!
4. Eating well. Although we might not be cooking and baking for as many, we can still celebrate with our favourite family recipes. Check out our blogs on Healthifying Your Holiday Recipes and maintaining the focus on eating lots of veggies to balance the treat foods common at this time of year.
5. Staying connected. Unique ideas are springing up for ways to stay connected to family, friends and community. From online dance parties, religious services, book clubs or eating a meal together over Zoom, we can still see and support each other. Be sure to check in on those who are living alone during this difficult year.
6. Giving back. If you and your family have been spared the financial complications of COVID-19 or another financial crisis, consider supporting those less fortunate. It may be more challenging to volunteer our time in person this year, but we can donate money, food, gifts, survival supplies and so much more to those in need in our communities and around the world.