This year, we have focused on our physical health by protecting ourselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. In light of today’s climate, it is also critically important to prioritize the state of our mental health and overall well-being. Throughout the month of December and into 2021, keeping a positive mindset will be more important than ever, knowing this holiday season is expected to be anything but normal.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that the safest way to observe the holidays this year is to celebrate virtually or with members of your own household. Whether you choose to stay home or celebrate the holidays with a small group, ensuring an understanding and need to follow CDC guidelines is essential to prevent misunderstandings, confusion, and unsettling conversations.
Following the below CDC recommended steps can keep you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and ready to enjoy the holidays:
- Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs — With the flu season and pandemic upon us, washing your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds can help prevent spreading germs. Additionally, you are encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing to keep yourselves and others safe.
- Manage stress — Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
- Get exams and screenings — Ask your healthcare provider what exams you need and when to get them. Ensure your personal and family history are up to date to avoid any confusion.
- Get your vaccinations — Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older receives a recommendation to get a flu vaccine each year. Guidance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine is to be determined.
- Eat healthy, stay active — Eat fruits and vegetables full of nutrients that help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Being active for at least 2 and a half hours a week can also help alleviate stress and provide vital endorphins to boost your mood.
Your mental and physical health are intertwined, so it is invaluable to take care of yourself from a holistic perspective. Be inspired to stay in the spirit of good health!
Remember, Creative Benefits, Inc. is your resource for all your benefit-related needs. If you are a client of ours and you wish to learn more about your mental health coverage or additional resources available to you, please reach out to our Employee Service Representative Team at 844-231-8414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!
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