Handling Holiday Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Matthew Lowe, MS, DO, MBA
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), you should do what’s best for you and your loved ones this holiday season. This may mean taking care of yourself, doing what’s best for your household, and spending time with those in your own household.
What can you do to decrease or manage the stress associated with the upcoming holiday season when you can’t be with friends and family in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are some suggestions:
Remember that none of these strategies will work perfectly the first time you try them and they won’t work right away. They take practice and they may take a while to work. Stick with them. If one doesn’t work, try another. Try them all. Also remember that you are not alone. Many people out there feel the same way and are trying to manage their stress. Keep going. It will get better! The pandemic will end eventually. We will get to a new normal again. Hang in there!
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