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7 Safe and Easy Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season

Some holiday traditions may be put on hold due to the pandemic. However, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season safely. Here are a few tips.

1. Get Outside

Spending time outdoors where there is more circulation is one of the safest activities you can do. Cutting down a Christmas tree, playing a game of catch or going for a walk with a friend are all safe activities as long as everyone wears a mask and maintains their distance.

Craig Canapari, MD, director of the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Center, said exercise and exposure to natural sunlight can even improve your child’s sleep cycle.

“Even sitting near a window, if you’re doing online school, can be very helpful,” he said.

 

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2. Share Treats With A Friend

One way to celebrate the holiday season is to share seasonal treats with a friend. Richard Martinello, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention, said potlucks are fine, as long as everyone can maintain their distance. If you bake cookies during the holiday season, package them up and drop them off at a loved one's house.

3. Connect Online

Even if you’re sick of zoom meetings, Dr. Martinello said you should continue to reach out to friends and family members you can’t see in person. Set up a weekly video chat or phone call, especially with those who live alone and may be struggling with more time at home.

“We are going to be able to get through this winter together, but we’re going to have to help each other out,” he said.

4. Help Someone In Need

Is there an elderly or immunocompromised neighbor who needs help? While they stay home, offer to get their groceries, lend a hand with yard work or put out the trash for them. Small acts of kindness can make a world of difference for someone in need.

 

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5. Take Care of Yourself

You may have gotten off track when it comes to your health and wellness goals this year. Now’s a great time to get a flu shot, see your primary care physician if you’re due for a physical and make sure kids are up to date with any outstanding vaccinations. You can also do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, remembering to wash hands, and avoiding crowds.

6. Thank A Hero

The end of the year is a time of reflection. Is there someone in your community who made a difference in 2021? Take the time to thank them for all that they do, either online or with a card. At Yale New Haven Health, we’re thankful for the men and women who have cared for our patients all year long.  

7. Donate To A Charity

One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to give back to a worthy cause. Find a charity that has special meaning to you and see how you can contribute to their cause. Toy drives, coat drives and food pantries are all in need this time of year. To read more about charitable causes at Yale New Haven Health, click the links below: