The holiday season is upon us. For many, it is a nostalgic time, evoking memories of seasons past as we embrace traditions or rituals which can give us a sense of self-continuity over time. In the past, it has often been a time of social gathering and rekindling of relationships. This holiday season will undoubtedly be greeted with mixed emotions as we continue to experience the repercussions of a global pandemic, with increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections in our community. The CDC is recommending that we minimize in-person gatherings and continue to adhere to social distancing and masking guidelines. They emphasize that it is safest to limit gatherings to those in our immediate household. With health and safety in mind, consider celebrating in new ways and making new traditions. Here are a few ideas:
1. Take a walk around the neighborhood to view the festive lights and decorations.
2. If you enjoy crafting, make paper snowflakes for the windows, string popcorn or cranberry garland or make dried fruit ornaments.
3. Embrace the spirit of giving by volunteering, helping to rake a neighbor's leaves, shoveling a neighbor's snow or making a thank you card for an essential worker.
4. Decorate your sidewalk with festive chalk drawings.
5. Plant bulbs for spring flowers.
Above all, don’t forget to practice self care. Try to stay healthy and active and give yourself grace. If you are feeling disappointed this holiday season, allow yourself those feelings. Reach out for help when you need it.
Dr. Masey Ross
Medical Director of Integrative Health
VCU Massey Cancer Center