Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

 

We have made it into the final stretch of the semester and more importantly, the final stretch of 2020.

 

This year we have been faced with some pretty substantial hurdles; from the pandemic to the American presidential election, there have been some stressful days, weeks and months in 2020 to say the least. 

 

The holiday season is always a hectic one and, despite the gathering restrictions we are facing, this year will be no different. Although you may be caught up in Zoom calls and feeling the effects of cabin fever as the colder weather rolls in, I encourage you to still find time to reflect on all that you have overcome since last December.

 

Take time to relax and rejuvenate this holiday season; consider how far we have all come and appreciate the adaptations we have all become fairly accustomed to. There is no doubt we have all been through a lot in the last 12 months; honour that. 

 

In addition to reflecting on your own triumphs and tribulations, don’t forget to give thanks to all those frontline workers who continue to work hard, even over the holidays, to keep us and our loved ones safe. 

 

For those willing and able to give time or financial support to those in need, research what places in your community could use an extra hand. Support local businesses to the best of your ability; for presents, cards and food. Giving back to your community can be as simple as grocery shopping before a holiday meal at a local grocery store rather than going to Walmart. Simple switches like this are a great way to support those around you this holiday season. 

 

In keeping with the theme of mindfulness, it is important to stay up to date on the COVID-19 restrictions. Do your research, wear your mask and, of course, wash your hands. Simple acts such as these contribute to the health and wellness of not only your household, but to your community as a whole. 

 

As we move into December, remember to take the time to relax, reflect and give back to your community in whatever ways you can. 

Last but not least, on behalf of The Brock Press staff I want to wish you a safe and happy holiday season.