The coronavirus pandemic has forever changed many social constructs that we’ve taken for granted—including face-to-face interactions, feeling safe, and traveling around the holidays. In this new normal, many might be feeling “compassion fatigue” from the collective trauma experienced this year. The pandemic has highlighted a host of complications that many have never experienced, ultimately causing anxiety due to unanswered questions about the future.
According to Everyday Health and The Ohio State University, 91% of people believe that mental health is just as important as their physical health, yet only 33% said they were likely to ask for help or seek out counseling. When preparing for an isolating holiday season, it’s important to be honest with yourself about mental health, take time to regroup, and focus on things important to you.
So, how can one prioritize their mental health and get through an atypical holiday season? As corny as it sounds, it’s as simple as being kind—to yourself, to others, to your community.