Saturday, January 16

How to Stay Safe & Sane this Festive Season

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The Covid-19 lockdown is still in full swing, and with the festive season right around the corner, this year’s holiday period certainly won’t be business as usual. But, even with social distancing and limited festive events, that doesn’t mean the silly season still won’t drive you around the bend. Luckily there are a few ways you can ensure you stay safe, and sane, these holidays so you come into the New Year smiling.

Holiday travel

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Whether you’re flying or driving you’re going to come across many Covid-19 transmission points along the way, whether getting an Uber or Gautrain to the airport, stopping on the road for breakfast or a lunchtime burger or even paying toll fees. It’s important not to let the excitement of being on holiday stop you from carrying out safety practices like frequent handwashing, wearing a mask, and sanitising often.

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Family time

braai

The great news is we’re bound to have a summer holiday season of great weather, making outside celebrations easy to pull off. If you’re keen to celebrate with your family this year, invite your loved ones over for an outside braai or an alfresco lunch. If your outside entertainment area at home isn’t up to scratch for hosting guests, now is the perfect time to spruce up your garden with a patio set or a few comfortable outdoor armchairs and couches.

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Keeping safe at events

snacks

If you’re still keen to celebrate the holiday season but want to stay safe at the same time, there are a few ways you can protect yourself and others while enjoying spending time with family and friends. Use paper plates and plastic-wrapped cutlery

If you’re hosting an event, ensure your guests are made to feel comfortable by spacing seating apart to allow for social distancing. Provide hand sanitiser for guests to use whenever they feel the need. Spread any chairs appropriate distances apart and host your event outside if possible. Open windows and doors to allow for airflow in the room. Serve snacks (chips, dips etc) in separate paper containers so there’s no sharing from one bowl or platter, unless they’re a couple.

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Find a balance

happy music

Usually, the madness of the silly season is enough to drive anyone around the bend, throw in the Covid-19 restrictions and a year of chaos and it’s a recipe for disaster. During this time, it’s really important to see people and feel connected whilst still staying safe and adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. It shouldn’t be all or nothing – it can be both. Consider these tips to help manage anxiety during this time:

During this time, try to be patient with yourself and others. Find ways to show yourself love, kindness and compassion and let your anxieties out. Try doing this by talking to friends and family about how you’re feeling so you’re all on the same page. Do things that make you happy and help you to relax like listening to podcasts, learning to crochet, reading, watching a new series, or taking up yoga.

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