Ready for Recovery: Holiday Edition

Rethinking holiday celebrations in our “new normal”

Holiday celebrations will look and feel different this year, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the season.

Whether you’re in charge of bringing holiday cheer to your organization, or you are working on finding the right tune for holidays at home, we’ve got you covered.

After all, it’s all about shifting your mindset around the holidays this year. And that’s what we do.

Rethinking Celebrating the Holidays at Home

What’s the rule with masks? Who’s invited to the family party? Will there be a family party this year?

Enjoy the holiday season without compromising your sanity or safety.

Here’s our guidance:

Inspiring the Holiday Feel at Work

Should you host some sort of the holiday party? How do you get everyone to feel festive when they’re working from home?

Inspire the holiday feel and keep your employees engaged and motivated through the end of the year.

Here’s our guidance:

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How to Stay Sane with your Greatest Critics Family

Your family often does have your best interests at heart. It just might not come out that way. So here are our tips to stay sane when you’re with family during the holidays:

  1. Ask yourself: how do I want this event to be? After leaving your family function, how do you want to feel? What memories do you want to create? Though you can’t control the entire event (or everyone’s moods), you have complete control over your own moods, emotions and actions. Remember this.
  2. Check in on your triggers. Know what your triggers are (behaviors or topics that make you angry, upset or frustrated) and be prepared with a productive response to those triggers, like redirecting a conversation or spending more time in a certain part of the house, away from a troublesome family member. Plan ahead.
  3. Draw your line. At some point, even the greatest preparation might not be enough. And that’s ok! Define for yourself what point can you no longer ignore, tolerate or try to diffuse a situation. Know your line and how you will respond when that line is approached or crossed. Sometimes, it’s as easy as leaving. Sometimes, it requires a little more grace. Prepare yourself for what that could look like and have a plan when it arrives. This way you can stay calm and carry out your plan to keep yourself sane and mentally well.

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How to Keep Up With Traditions

The traditions are often the most enjoyable part of the holiday season, so how do you maintain traditions when you’re limited to who you can be with and where you can be? Here are our tips:

  1. Rethink the approach. Some traditions can still be done, even if you’re not together. Consider using Zoom, Facetime, Skype or some other means to connect virtual face-to-face. If doing it live isn’t an option, consider recording a greeting or putting together a video to share with everyone.
  2. Rethink the tradition. Maybe your tradition is to play a board game after dinner. Maybe your tradition is to break out the karaoke machine. Maybe it’s your tradition to “play Santa” and pass out gifts for everyone to open. It may seem like each of those traditions needs to be done in person, but what if you rethink the approach? Instead of a board game, maybe you play a virtual game. Instead of playing Santa, you play Santa’s elves and Santa assigns and elf to each group to pass out the gifts on their behalf. Rethinking the tradition can also inspire the creation of a new tradition.
  3. Create new traditions. Traditions have to start somewhere, so what’s something new you can introduce this year that brings joy to those involved and inspires memories of traditions done in the past?

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