Undoubtedly, COVID-19 is putting a damper on your 2020 Thanksgiving plans. Between limiting household numbers and guests, adhering to curfews, and the overwhelming anxiety of the potential uninvited invisible guest called COVID-19, this year will be unlike any other year. Many people are upset, sad, confused, and experiencing general feelings relative to grieving the loss of tradition. There is no easy way to process the unrest surrounding this year’s holidays. So how can we go about feeling any sort of joy, happiness, excitement, or comfort this holiday season? Unfortunately, this is not easy to accomplish. However, there are several tips and activities one can engage in to improve their holiday spirits.
Remember, anger and frustration are secondary responses likely from the pain of not seeing the ones you love. So embrace love and make sure the people in your support system can feel it. Expressing love to others is one of the most rewarding experiences. Do your best to filter through the negativity this year and channel deeper connections through distance. This is a great year to invest in ourselves, develop strength, understanding, and address the thoughts, emotions, and feelings that we normally would chose to suppress or ignore.
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