12/10/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2020 15:43
Public health messages, mandates and restrictions have been great about advising on what not to do.
Newly issued county and state orders push the 'stay at home' behavior models for preventing more COVIDescalation.
We hear of the no-no's and high risk behaviors to avoid. Once those are spelled out, we can modify activity. What about attention paid to what we can do?
This newest round of public lockdowns comes as COVIDfatigue and resentment peaks. Humans are social creatures.
These past months have been stressful and isolating. Our collective strong desire is to be with family, friends and loved ones for ritual and celebration.
Stay focused on how to mitigate health risks while being able to connect with others. Deciding on how to best approach the holidays isn't an easy conversation to have with much disagreement among households.
Avoid gatherings, especially indoor gatherings. Practice physical distancing, wear masks, wash your hands. Those are the basic core tenets to be followed. How we move past those is what counts next.
Food is central to every celebration. Try cooking together-apart. Make any holiday favorite dish with someone via Zoom or Facetime. Conversations flow when we are in the kitchen.
Cookies and sweet treats are perfect decorating opportunities. Set up a contest with photos of the final products for judging. A delivery ahead of sample treats for judges greases the skids.
Look for more ways to distance cook, bake and make foods that comfort and close the isolation gap.
Table settings are important as we adhere to stripped down versions of holiday traditions. Linens, glassware and once a year décor elements bring us around to remembrance, gratitude and health priorities. Set a table with photos of those away at at a distance. No travel required but framed faces can see themselves during a pre-set Facetime call.
Fewer obligations and events around the coming days may actually provide some necessary stress relief. The perfect alibi for avoiding mad gift-shopping and elaborate meals is the 'playing it safe' card. Exercise the prerogative to remain vigilant against risky behaviors. Set a different standard.
There is plenty of community need for food. Take advantage of gifting to organizations that provide support (meals, clothing, services, etc.) to those lacking of basic needs. Donations in the name of others is a tribute surviving COVID.
Share the love. Stay Safe. Happy Holidays.