Updated: Jan 30
Thanksgiving is checked off. Now comes the 2020 version of the holiday bacchanal.
Due to so many infections, illness, and terribly high death toll of the pandemic, the holiday season alters from day to day from what we used to do, to what can we safely do now?
And our human community is exhausted by the compounded stress events. This is when a stressful event happens, but a person is unable to recover much of their balance before the event becomes worse and/or additional stress event(s) happen. Pandemic, economic uncertainty, job loss, strained relationships, chaotic politics, illness, and possibly loss of family and friends. The human body was not meant to endure long-term stress at the levels our world has endured for nearly a year now. Little wonder persons who have never felt they had an issue with anxiety or depression, are a bit bewildered they're feeling signs of it now.
What to do?
Try to slim down "doom scrolling" on feeds. Seek out positive information and experiences online.
Do something enjoyable from listening to favorite audio books to creating art for self or others.
Getting moving, to the best of one's ability. Running, walking, cycling, yoga - get those endorphins jumping.
Make a plan with family and friends for the upcoming holidays, and figure out what can realistically happen as safely as possible.
Volunteer, if possible, with a favorite organization.
If grieving the loss of a loved one, reach out to local or regional grief support groups.
Seek professional assistance when necessary for signs of anxiety and depression that are interfering with daily life.
It's difficult to keep the positive in mind after such a long period of stress, but there is hopefulness in the science community about managing this pandemic better. The rest we'll figure out as we go along, as we've always done as the inventive humans that we are in our communities.
Take care, and stay safe!
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