Pandemic and Festival Holiday
Physical distancing and social isolation not to mention concern for the wellness of loved ones can make it possible to postpone or skip celebrating annual holidays. It may include Easter and Passover and other important days like birthdays, Mother's Day and Father's Day, and graduations. These observances are often moments to come closer to each other; however, the coronavirus pandemic has made many societies not be able to come together out of concern for the health and well-being of loved ones. But it is very important to celebrate even the smallest of things at home now than ever.
Importance of festival holidays:
Your brain and body reap a cascade of health perks due to the happiness of festival holidays. The positive vibes in the air of holidays effects very strong on your mental and physical health. Celebrating things big and small festivals means more than ever in a world of uncertainty and isolation. From many milestone moments, like birthdays to small things like an everyday achievement at work, we're celebrating all of it in different ways due to the pandemic. Celebrating daily moments of delight will help carry us through the dark days of this pandemic.
If we keep rituals and holidays special, it will create a distinction from one day to the next. It will also help to bolster morale for yourself and your loved ones. I believe this is important for keeping our mental health and combating fear during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coping with the frustration that you simply might not be able to mark an event within the usual way, particularly events that have special meaning, is often challenging. You’ll feel a variety of emotions like grief and sadness, which is totally understandable. Accepting the truth of our situation without holding on to the hope that perhaps things will return to ‘normal’ in time, can help. If you reduce the gap between your expectations of the ‘perfect holiday’ and the reality of what’s possible, you'll plan a way to balance safety and celebration.
You should speak to your family and friends now to make a decision on other ways that you can simply mark a vacation. Being kind and focusing on the positive can boost your mental wellbeing. Kindness matters, particularly now when people are experiencing the effect of lockdown restrictions more acutely. Even something simple like sending flowers or a letter about everything you admire about the person and how grateful you're for them could really make a difference in someone’s day.
Reduce stress and depression:
Using the time to do a good thing for someone else can also decrease your stress, improve your mood, and increase happiness. Other worries such as concerns about job and financial security, concern about the health of family and friends, or feeling sad because you can’t be physically near people who are very important to you, can often decrease during the festive season. But, if you are facing grief or bereavement, celebrations can be very challenging.
So if you are feeling down, talking to people can decrease your load. Similarly, if you think that someone you care about is showing some signs of distress, ask them how they are feeling and what they need.
How to celebrate during the restrictions?
Focus on kindness – You should try to move your attention away from what you can’t have and instead focus on what good things you can do for others and for yourself.
Be there for each other –You should try to have conversations with family and friends about how you’re feeling. You should also listen to how others are feeling and act with empathy and understanding.
Take time to be grateful –You should appreciate the little joyful moments. Also, reflect on all you have to be grateful for. It can really lighten your mood.
Gift giving_if you are feeling the necessity to shop for more gifts than usual – perhaps to catch up on celebrations being different this year – remember that this is often a normal feeling. You don’t need to add things beyond your control. Due to this pandemic, money is tight this year; you should remember not to spend beyond your means. You should consider doing something creative rather than spending more money.
Be aware of overindulging -it’s essential to keep an eye on what you’re drinking, eating, and spending regardless of whether we can have big celebrations or not. Some people may go towards alcohol, shopping, and illegal drugs to help cope with stress.
Celebrating with children -This may be a great time for your children to get together with cousins or their friends. You could help them to connect through video calls, so they feel included in all festivals.
Maintain traditions –You should try to celebrate all festivals by sticking to the traditions that you have in place. It may include making a particular meal or decorating your home on a certain day. By keeping these traditions, you can develop a sense of normality.
Focusing on mental health and festivals allows us to think about the needs of the elderly and the children who may be struggling with mental health issues. Many festivals allow those with mental health issues to participate and sometimes even participate in the events as entertainment. This helps them get over their fears and allows them to express their emotions and feelings without being in so much of the public eye. They may find that by participating in a festival, they can be amongst a group of other like-minded people who are enjoying themselves as well and this, in turn, can bring some happiness into their lives. It gives them something that they can be involved in and if the festival is a good enough one, they may even get involved in the running of it.
Mental health and festivals go hand in hand when it comes to organizing them. Because elderly people tend to get affected more severely by traumatic experiences in life, it is important that any festival that is holding activities aimed at mental health and happiness is carefully selected. This is why festivals such as the Elstree Festival in the United Kingdom have become so popular. They have plenty of things for everyone to do such as music, dance and comedy. There is also unique opportunities such as interaction between the audience and performers, enjoying a wander down the street and visiting sights or shops that may be too far away for you to get to on regular holidays.