Live Well, Work Well: December 2021

Live Well, Work Well: December 2021
December 1, 2021
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Celebrating Holidays Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Holiday traditions are important for many families, and we’re about to enter the second holiday season during the pandemic. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines for safely celebrating this year’s holiday season. The CDC’s top advice is for eligible Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine before gathering and traveling for the holidays.

Vaccination Is Key

Because many generations tend to gather for holiday celebrations, the best way to minimize COVID-19 exposure and keep your family and friends safe is to get vaccinated (if you’re eligible). By being vaccinated, you can help better protect those not yet eligible for vaccination, such as young children.

Additionally, the CDC shared the following recommendations for the upcoming holiday season:

By working together, Americans can enjoy safer holidays, travel smart and protect their health—as well as the health of their family and friends.

Reduce Your Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a major source of stress for many Americans. Top holiday stressors include staying on a budget, managing multiple commitments and finding the perfect gifts. And if COVID-19 transmission is high in your community, you may also be feeling worried about you and your loved ones’ health. Consider the following coping mechanisms to help reduce your holiday stress:

  • Get organized. Finalize your plans—including gatherings, shopping days, family pictures and baking days—and put them on the calendar. If you haven’t already, get started on compiling wish lists and shopping lists.
  • Keep up healthy habits. Try to do something active every day, keep healthy snacks on hand, limit alcohol use and get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Remember to take time for yourself as well.
  • Don’t say “yes” to everything. Choose a handful of meaningful activities or events and skip the rest. It’s important not to stretch yourself too thin or commit to gatherings you’re not comfortable with amid the pandemic.
  • Stick to a budget. If you’re stressed about how your holiday spending will impact you after the celebrations are over, you’re not alone. Remember, the sentiment of a gift is much more important than the cost. Set a realistic budget and don’t exceed it.

Don’t let stress get in the way of enjoying your holiday season.

Stay Safe While Decking the Halls

Although decorative lights are great for getting your home ready for the holidays, they can also present safety risks if they aren’t displayed and maintained correctly. Follow these tips to stay safe while decorating for the holidays:

Decorating can get you in the holiday spirit, but remember to put safety first when you’re creating a winter wonderland.

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