As we head into our second pandemic winter, family gatherings and parties may be even trickier than usual.
Here’s a short guide to getting through the festive season safely and happily →
If you’re flying ✈️
Upgrade your mask to a high-quality medical mask like an N95, KN95 or KF94. If that’s not an option, then double mask with a surgical mask and quality cloth mask.
Avoid airport crowds, keep your distance in security screening lines, use hand sanitizer often and don’t touch your face. Skip airplane meals if you can, or try to eat after everyone else puts their mask back on. It’s OK to take your mask off for a short time if you need to eat or drink.
If you’re worried about gatherings ��
For those with unvaccinated family members or friends, solicit their ideas on how to gather safely.
Ask: “What’s your advice on how we can make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable when we get together?”
Then you could suggest mandatory testing right before meeting or gathering outside, near a patio heater, if it’s cold.
If you feel overwhelmed by social situations ��
“We all only have so much social energy these days,” said Ty David Lerman, a psychotherapist. He suggests to “only commit to events where your response is, ‘Hell, yes, I want to do that!’”
If you’re struggling ��
Before my divorce, I thought the upside of it would be time to myself. The reality is that it’s agony to long for one’s kids, especially during the holidays. For others going through a tough time, my suggestion is that you don’t take the holidays sitting down. Prepare for them.
This winter break, I’m going all in. I’ll make a list of projects I’ve been eager to accomplish. (Finish my novel! Learn how to paint! Clean out my attic!) And in case that still isn’t enough, I’m planning a trip with a friend.
If you need a last-minute gift ��
For the home chef: Give Stasher bags, silicone bags that can be reused, refrigerated, frozen, boiled, microwaved, heated in the oven and cleaned in the dishwasher.
For the pet owner: If It Barks custom collars offers sturdy attractive accessories.
For the runner: Try cozy fleece-lined leggings made by Baleaf for men and women.