Preparing for healthy holidays

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It’s safe to say most of us are tired of pandemic life, but with COVID-19 rates remaining high, it’s important to keep our families, our friends and ourselves as safe and healthy as possible through the coming holidays. Here are some tips to consider as you start making plans and to-do lists.

CELEBRATE SAFELY
Indoor gatherings increase the risk of spreading the coronavirus. If just one person has the virus – even if he or she doesn’t feel sick – it can easily spread to others. A safer way to celebrate is to have a smaller Thanksgiving meal just with family members who live together. You can connect with others by coordinating and enjoying your mealtime over a group phone call or video chat. Record it for those who can’t take part. It won’t be the same, but you can still show you’re thinking of them.

CHECK IN ON YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH
The holidays are a time when we check in with extended family members, even if we can’t be together in person.

  • Ask relatives (and friends) how they’re doing, especially if they live alone, and see if there’s anything they need.
  • If some have missed doctor’s appointments or screenings because of the pandemic, encourage them to contact their health-care providers about getting back on track. Help them make an appointment, even.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Combine the busy holidays with a global pandemic and it’s really easy to get knocked off our regular health and self-care routines. But for our well-being, it’s important to stay physically active, eat healthy food, get enough sleep and just take some time for ourselves. It’s not always easy to do – and can take some creativity these days – but it can also have real benefits.

The holidays will be different this year, but different doesn’t have to mean worse. With a little extra effort, they can still be special, meaningful and offer a chance to connect with loved ones.


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