Can you believe we are here, you guys? We made it to November, which means that next month is December, and this mighty fine year of 2020 will be over. Donezo. Gone.
2020 has been A LOT and before we can say goodbye to this gem of a year, we have the holidays to get through. I hate that I say “get through” because really the holidays are a gift and I’m trying to not just “get through” them. I’ve been thinking of ways that I can reframe my thoughts from “just make it through” to “you won’t ever have these days again, so use them wisely.”
With that in mind, I’ve been making little mental notes of ways I can stay present and enjoy this holiday season. Maybe they will be helpful for you too!
Let’s jump into my best tips for surviving the 2020 holiday season!
- Find the funny and keep it light! Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. We need to laugh, you guys. Most of 2020 has gone nothing like we planned, and although it will be tempting to only talk politics or pandemic over your turkey dinner – resist the urge and keep it light! On that note, send any and all funny memes to my direct message box on Instagram. Let’s laugh together!
- Go into this holiday season with little to no expectation that things will be the same as every other year. This season is going to be different and I think we all just need to accept it. None of us have handled 2020 the same way and so everyone is showing up a little differently…or honestly, people might not be showing up at all! We have to grieve the loss of “the usual” and accept that this will be a different year. I’m challenging myself in the midst of the new or unfamiliar to try to find beauty and magic in it.
- Stay connected to “your people.” Whether that’s your BFF, your sister, your neighbor, or whomever…stay close to your people for when you need support. You might be separated by distance, that’s ok! Utilize FaceTime, phone calls, Marco Polo, or any other ways you stay in touch. You might need to vent or to cry or to tell a ridiculous story about Aunt Sally… don’t get too busy that you forget to stay connected to your people.
Another way I’m managing my holiday season stress is to write everything down. I’m using my Academic Year Week on One Page planner every single day to stay organized. Shop now and get 40% OFF any 2020-2021 academic weekly planner – no code needed!
I truly can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Are you listening to Christmas music yet? I have and I’m not mad about it. I have some fun holiday (and non-holiday!) playlists over on Spotify!