Christmas 2020: How to protect mental health


ISLAMABAD, December 16 (online): For most people, Christmas will be very different this year. In this article, we provide 5 basic tips to help bolster our mental health during and after the 2020 holiday season.
Christmas is traditionally a time to share food and frolics with our nearest and dearest. For most of us, this is unlikely to be the case this year. With travel restrictions and quarantines in place, we will need to adjust.
Although the pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, there seems to be little doubt that the average mental health of the population in the United States has declined.
At a time when family and friends are normally the closest, this year, they will be farther away. Looking after our mental health in a proactive way is more important than ever as we enter the holiday season.
In this Special Feature, we will look at ways to fend off the seemingly inevitable blues of a physically distant Christmas. Even without a pandemic to deal with, the holiday season brings stresses and strains, so with the added pressures this year has presented to us, we need to focus.
Right from the get-go, it is important to make it clear that nothing we provide below can fill the void or heal the anxiety that COVID-19 has produced. Perhaps, though, it might nudge the needle in the right direction. Sometimes, small steps, taken together, can produce significant benefits.
Before we dive in, here is something to bring to the forefront of your mind as often as possible over the coming days and weeks:
Each day, scientists are learning more about how SARS-CoV-2 works, and vaccines are being rolled out. Yes, 2020 has been challenging, but, with medical research in our armory, we will defeat COVID-19.