The Holiday season is nearly upon us. But this year it’s quite different and filled with uncertainty.

All of this uncertainty can lead to experiences of stress and anxiety. One of the best ways to address uncertainty is to make decisions. Decisions that allow you some peace of mind during these difficult times. Below are a few areas to consider making decisions for the holiday season no matter where you are on the uncertainty and Covid spectrum.


  • Determine what feels right for you and your family. There is no “one size fits all” answer to what, where and how you should gather this season. Understand that some may be upset that you do or do not want to get together with more or less people. Make the decision that works best for your family.
  • Think outside the box. A “Zoom Thanksgiving”? Why not? Perhaps preparing video messages of thanks to be sent and watched during dinner… Meeting outside for a chili cook-off… Possibilities exist and a good one may last. Speaking of…
  • Start a new tradition. Perhaps Aunt Mary’s fruit cake is delicious or barely edible, either way it can be replaced with something creative. This is a rare chance to rework old traditions that may be past their time and to introduce new ones.
  • Be present. However you choose to participate in the holidays – Zoom or in person – be present and active in conversations and activities. Give your attention to those you love and tell them why you love do – it’s called Thanksgiving for a reason, after all.
  • Commit to your plans. That’s it. That’s what we’re doing. People who commit tend to be better at sticking to their convictions and feeling less stress. Allow yourself the opportunity to decrease your stress this Holiday season.
  • Remember, this too shall pass. The pandemic can’t last forever (though they said the same thing about Culottes and Zubaz pants). Get through this holiday season knowing it may well be the last requiring us to adjust. If you can make it through this, you can make through other difficulties.

If you need help working through these steps, reach out the experts at Orleans Psychological Services such as Dr. Tim LuisDr. Barbara Warren and Sarah O’Donnell, LISW, PMH-C. Just a session or two may be enough to settle your mind and help you get on track for an enjoyable and healthy Holiday season.