Nothing can stop the holiday spirit, not even the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been one full year since the first case of COVID in China, however, we have come together and continued to live our life normally and virtually. Many of us has made major adjustments and become more cautious in our lives in order to reduce the spread and transmission of the virus. However, the future is near and there are currently a few companies in the final stages of the clinical trials for the COVID vaccine. This shouldn't prevent us from having our yearly holiday traditions. Staying at home to prevent the spread and wearing masks are important steps to take to have a safe and healthy Christmas this year.
There seems to be no doubt that the average mental health of the population in the United States has declined. Here is a list of steps to take to ensure that your mental health doesn't decline or worsen during the holiday season.
Sleep is extremely crucial and if we don't sleep enough, we are more likely to feel negative when things go wrong and less likfely to feel happy when things go well. The duration of sleep seems to affect mood significantly, so sleeping in just a few extra hours during the holiday season can be beneficial to your health, energy, and mood. For advice on getting a better nights sleep click this link.
2. Keep Active
Studies have found that there is a strong correlation between cardiorespiratory fitness and the risk of common health disorders. It seems as though physical activity, whether it be walking or doing a light jog, can provide protection against depression. Click this link to read more about a study conducted to see the relationship between short walks and mood.
3. Addressing Loneliness
This year has been filled with many lonely activities due to social distancing and safety protocols. To combat this feeling, try to stay in contact with your loved ones or friends by a phone call or video call. Staying occupied and starting new hobbies can also cause the mind to dwell less likely on loneliness.
4. Eat and Drink Well
There is also evidence that what we eat impacts our mood and attitude. Healthy eating patterns and endulging on food we enjoy can also be beneficial to out mental health. Mediterranean diets are more associated with better mental health then that of a Western diet.
5. Align Expectations
Not everyone has the same perceptions regarding the COVID 19 pandemic. Some people might be indoors and isolated from the public while other are refusing to wear a mask. While each region has different laws, regulations, and rules, each individual has their own ability to make their own decision and don't let other's opinions stress or make you anxious.
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Sourced from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/christmas-2020-how-to-protect-mental-health#2.-Keep-active