The world is looking very different compared to this time last year. Our day-to-day life is impacted by gathering restrictions, social distancing standards, and constant anxiety because of COVID-19. Lockdowns and the fear of contracting the disease and becoming a possible carrier have changed the economy, forcing businesses to close their doors either temporarily or permanently. Thousands are still unable to work and are wondering how to financially support themselves and their families.
It’s understandable for anyone to feel anxious and blue, especially as the holidays approach. It’s a hard reality that you may not get to enjoy your regular traditions with friends and family or share in the gift-giving season we all look forward to every year. However, now more than ever, hope is what you and those around you need to believe in most.
While you may not get to see everyone you usually gather with, and your budget may be more limited, there are ways to still enjoy the good parts of this season and make new and unique memories with your loved ones.
If You Can’t Gather, Go Virtual
Although you’ve been asked to stay home for public safety, you can still party. Try video calling through Zoom, Skype, or Facetime. You can see your loved ones despite being apart. You’ll forget about the screen between you and feel like you’re together, especially if you broadcast it on to your TV.
Get creative with your video party for a memorable, fun-filled gathering.
Make Gifts Yourself
If you’re among the high percentage of hard workers whose job was impacted by the coronavirus, you may be a bit stressed about how to buy the right gifts for the people you care about. Fortunately, you can make presents that won’t bust your budget. Try DIY gifts that involve care at no cost. That way, you can personalize what you give to the people you love, and they’ll have your thoughtful crafts to keep forever. You can turn this into a family event within your own household. The kids will love it!
Spreading Hope to Those That Need It
It may not always feel like it is the easiest thing to do sometimes, but creating a positive outward appearance will bring positivity to the people around you. The positive environment can be infectious creating a hopeful attitude to all of those around you. Make sure you are smiling, greeting the people you see, and keeping a good outlook. You will start to see others do the same.
This may be one of the most difficult holiday seasons in our lifetime. So remember, it can be an especially difficult time for people who have lost a loved one, maybe grappling with mental or physical health issues, or are extremely impoverished. Your infectious smile may be all someone needs right now.
So take this time to be generous to others. This hope is amazingly beneficial to helping you just as much as the ones that surround you. If you shine brightly, it will find others who will carry it on.
There are many other ways to help when you know there are many that have had their world turned upside down. You can give back by volunteering, donating money or goods to charities and food banks in your area. Give the gift of hope to people who need it the most.
At Second Harvest, we’re grateful for those who choose to share the love with their community. If you’re wondering how to get started, visit our website to sign up as a volunteer this holiday season or donate now.