There’s no denying that the last year or so has been tough for most people. The risk of infection that you and your family faced was likely a huge source of stress. You’ve also likely had to make adjustments to your work schedule to cope with the additional remote schooling and childcare responsibilities. However, the successful rollout of vaccines could spell an end to the most extreme aspects of quarantine soon.
There’s no question: these are unprecedented times. We’ve faced massive lockdowns. We’ve experienced the greatest public health threat we’ve seen in more than a century. Nearly every aspect of our ordinary lives has turned upside down. In a matter of mere months, COVID-19 has changed the way we work, the way our children learn, and the way we connect with our friends and loved ones.
Although the holidays are often labeled as “the most wonderful time of the year,” many people still experience feelings of stress, sadness, and anxiousness during this time. These holiday blues could be attributed to loneliness, the financial strain that can come with gift-giving, or unrealistic holiday expectations – not to mention, the added layer of stress that has inherently come with the COVID-19 pandemic.