Wow, what a year we have had! Suzett and Steph at Our Local Wedding Expo wish all of you the best of holidays with the family within your household! And, for those family and friends that live afar, we encourage you to be with them virtually.

The holidays are meant for festivities and enjoying everyone’s company, however, thanks to COVID-19, this year we have to do this all differently. Never fear! We are here with some tips to enjoy the holidays with some self-care:

The Weather Outside is Frightful

The pandemic didn’t scare the weather away! Winnipeg weather is unpredictable, but it seems we can always count on having a white Christmas!

Since we are required to stay at home, we have the benefit of staying warm indoors. This can give you the chance for some “me” time. Draw yourself a bath, pour yourself a glass of wine or cup of hot cocoa, pull out that book you have been meaning to finish, and play some relaxing music. Give yourself some time to breathe and live in the moment.

Winnipeg Winter Weather

We aren’t certain that Winnipeg will give us weather that isn’t 50 below – but let’s take advantage of those few warmer days by taking a break outside. Go for a walk, notice the trees, enjoy the fresh snow, and listen to all the different sounds of your community. Discover an outdoor winter hobby or activity, such as snowshoeing, skating, or ice fishing!

Spirituality

With the hustle and bustle of life, we sometimes forget to slow down. While being at home, maybe engage in some prayer, meditation, or reflection. Start a diary with something as simple as writing down your daily gratitude. Cultivate your spirituality.

Kindness Goes a Long Way

They say a smile is contagious. Smile at one person and it’s almost guaranteed that they will smile back at you. Yes, it can be hard to share a smile while following Public Health guidelines of wearing a mask in public, but we still encourage everyone to practice kindness! While at home, reach out to others virtually – especially those who you know are alone. Stay connected with others, even if it’s by a simple phone call or text message.

Keep Yourself Grounded

This pandemic has taken a toll on everyone. We see and hear about it daily. We hope that these self-care tips will help you during the holidays. You are encouraged to share your feelings with the people you trust. Supporting one another is a helpful reminder that you are not alone in this.

If you feel that you are in crisis, please remember that there is always the Klinic Crisis Line available 24 hours a day at 1-888-322-3019.

Take care and stay Safe Manitoba.  We may be apart, but we are all in this together.