The Covid-19 pandemic needs no introduction. It has been impacting lives in some way or another for the past two years. Whether you feel anxious because you are tired of restrictions, or whether you feel anxious because of the virus itself, this blog will highlight some tips to navigate the upcoming festive season.

  • Be honest

Everyone has their own expectations, anxieties and ideas, so it is best to be honest with those around you about what you are comfortable with this upcoming season. This way, it is easier to find a compromise or not feel anxious about letting people down.

This of course goes both ways, so if you intend on being more social, it is important to be honest and mindful if you have different groups of friends. Some friends and family may prefer to keep to a smaller bubble and each person deserves to make an informed decision.

  • Reflect on what you can and can’t control.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic, take a step back and focus on what you can control rather than worrying about the whole situation as a whole.

Maybe restrictions are bothering you, but you can still enjoy a good dinner or get together with friends and it’s best to focus on that. If it is the virus itself which is causing anxiety, focus on taking care of your own physical and mental wellbeing, as other people’s actions are beyond your control.

Simple mindfulness and breathing exercises can help you face the day in a calmer manner. Remember to take it one day at a time in order not to become overwhelmed

  • Budget

The pandemic has taken a financial toll on many individuals. It is easy to turn to online shopping to curb anxiety and feel some instant gratification. However, it is important to reflect on the long term impact of spending too much and whether this will cause more stress once the holidays are over.

No matter which aspect of the pandemic is causing anxiety, the most important thing to keep in mind is to remain respectful toward one another’s viewpoint in order to enjoy the upcoming season as much as possible without causing any additional stress coming from arguments or fall outs with family and friends.

If you think that you can benefit from professional support on this issue you can reach out here.

Michaela Pace is a Psychology graduate from the University of Malta. She has worked with children and adolescents and adults within the social sector and currently works as a Triage Officer and Volunteer Manager with Willingness Team, while pursuing a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy.