You might think September is a tad early to address holiday planning 2020, but this year has been like no other, wouldn’t you agree?
If you haven’t made an intentional effort to put your positive hat on, you might have succumbed more often than not to the negative view that 2020 has been the year of the apocalypse! During only the first three quarters of the year, we’ve seen this country experience:
*the Coronavirus / novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic
*economic hardships caused by the pandemic shutting down sectors of industries
*quarantine and shelter-at-home mandates
*separation from family and friends
*no international travel and limited domestic travel
*demonstrations turning into unrest
*intensified political bickering
*an increase in last-minute changes and pivots because everything around us this year seems unprecedented
Yeah, it’s been one heck of a year. Hopefully it’s the last of its kind when it comes to bad things happening.
But this holiday season could turn into one of the best holiday seasons ever because we might have a new-found appreciation and value of spending time with loved ones who don’t reside with us, gratitude for good health, and relief we’re in a position to even consider holiday planning.
I’ve watched the stress levels of many people increase during past holiday seasons because of pressure they put on themselves to impress others and/or not planning and/or over-packing their schedule. If you want to enjoy the 2020 holiday season, let’s take a quick look at stress-avoidance considerations:
In addition to our normal flu and cold season, COVID-19 will be in the mix. Step up your usual health precautions: get plenty of sleep, eat well, stay hydrated and – as we’ve been told for the past eight months – wash your hands and avoid touching your face. If you need to get a flu shot, don’t wait until the last minute.
Schedule Your Plans
If you plan to decorate, when will that happen? Do you know which days you’ll have off from work? When would you like to spend quality time with your household members? How much time would you like to spend with those outside of your household? Do you need to block off time for traveling to and from a destination? When will you have some me-time?
If you haven’t searched for flights lately, you might not be aware that airlines have cut back tremendously on the number of flight options. If you’re planning to fly to see family, you might not want to wait for that tremendously low last-minute fare to rejoice about. There are a limited number of seats, and you might not get one if you wait until the 11th hour.
You’re probably used to the six foot rule by now. But sometimes we just plain forget about that when we’re around people we know and love. The holidays tend to be full of events with people crammed into close quarters. We most likely won’t be able to do that this year. Do you need to plan for your family gathering in shifts so that there are fewer people present at one time? Or do you need to forego the extra long dining table and instead have smaller tables spread throughout the house? What’s the safest way for you to host or attend any holiday gatherings?
Onsite shopping has been quite different this year because of local ordinances, including limited numbers allowed in stores, enacted to stop the spread of COVID-19. Will you need to do your shopping a little differently this year? Or would you prefer to do more of your shopping online than in the past? Either way, there might be some delays involved, so consider making that list and checking it twice a bit earlier than usual.
Dial It Back
If you normally operate at beyond-peak performance during the holidays so that everyone around you thinks you’re superhuman, you might want to consider going peak performance-light this year. Give yourself a break and truly enjoy the holiday season.
Whether you’ll spend the 2020 holiday season on your own, with only your household members or with the usual set of family and friends, make it the best one yet!