In 2020, we have lots of reasons to be stressed out. Whether it’s the ongoing global pandemic, political issues or any number of other challenges, there’s good reason to feel edgy. Self-care has never been more important. Talking about stress management is a good idea right now, for both adults and kids, so everyone can find ways to feel calmer despite the difficulties.
As we head into the holiday season, stress management will continue to be crucial for family well-being. Many families will have to change holiday plans due to COVID. Others will be navigating conversations with family members who have differing political views and bring tension to the table. Cold and flu season are likely to bring more lockdowns and quarantines to various communities. Mental health will be an important priority, no matter who you are or where you live. We recommend talking about stress management with the conversation starters below, as well as checking out some of the following resources to help keep the focus on fun, meaningful family time:
- Our Thanksgiving page has lots of ideas and resources to help you make the most of the holiday, even if you’re socially distanced
- Dr. Anne Fishel offers expert tips for dealing with political divides during the holiday season
- If stress is impacting your family dinners, check out Beating Tension and Conflict From the Table