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“Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays”. The holidays are just around the corner and there is no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate wholeheartedly! It is definitely going to be different and more challenging this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but instead of focusing on spending money it is important to focus on spending time for yourself and the ones closest to you.

The holidays are filled with warm memories from making cookies, to shiny lights, decorating, and spending time with family and friends. With money being tight this year as a result of the pandemic, the most precious gifts are the memories made with the people and places that make us smile. With stay-at-home orders encouraging families to stay at home for the holidays instead of travelling, embrace it! Have everyone make gifts for each other at home or buy from second-hand stores. Having these ideas allows people to be more thoughtful when giving gifts to one another. Below are 10 ways to celebrate the holiday season inexpensively and start new traditions.

  • Secret Santa gift exchange: Have family members or household members draw names out of a hat. Ask each person for a list of 5-10 gifts they’d like to receive (everyone only gets one or two gifts). Or even better have everyone fill out a Secret Santa Survey like the one below so that people really have to get creative.

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Ahh Thanksgiving. Family, turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, and football are some of the traditions American’s look forward to enjoying every year. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still present and many areas are seeing a spike in cases. Things are going to be different this year. Especially for those who are used to travelling far to visit loved ones. The CDC states that Thanksgiving travel increases the chances of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Not to mention if you are travelling from a hot-spot state, you may need to quarantine before or after travelling.

Family gatherings may be putting loved ones at risk this year, especially grandparents and elder relatives. If you must travel, the CDC insists that you must avoid these activities in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These activities include:

  • attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your house

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Traditional activities on Halloween are fun and festive, however some traditions can increase the exposure to spreading COVID-19 and other viruses. However, Halloween should not be put on hold because of COVID-19! We can still celebrate and have a spooky time with friends and family while promoting healthy habits. In fact, safety measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands can be easily incorporated into festivities.

Trick- or- Treating

Trick-or-treating is one of the best parts of Halloween. Seeing your kids get all dressed up and excited when they get their favorite treats is heartwarming. And sneaking some of the kid’s candy is always something to look forward too! However, going from house to house and being exposed to people you haven’t been around is definitely a risk for possibly getting or spreading COVID-19 and other viruses. But have no fear because there are plenty of ideas to safely trick-or-treat.

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By KJC Law Firm 

Being a parent is rewarding but sometimes self-care is forgotten in the mist of our busy lives. Taking good care of yourself is not slacking off from your parental duties, it is essential to your well-being. When the kids are home and stress is building, it is more important than ever. Taking care of yourself benefits the whole family! Below are five tips to help incorporate self-care in your lifestyle.

Establish Me Time

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During these unprecedented times, exercise is one of the most important ways to relieve stress and build our immune system. Exercise is scientifically proven to help make our immune system stronger and fight viruses such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are beginning to get tired of relying on virtual workout classes and YouTube videos to fill their gym void. If you are brave enough to enter back into the gym, you will enjoy some perks such as more space, clean equipment, and a peace of mind until everyone else becomes sick of their online cardio classes. There are many precautions and safety standards that you and gyms can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below are listed ten steps that gyms and gym members can take to fight the virus and still enjoy exercising at the gym.

Wear a Mask

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By KJC Law Firm

It is completely normal to feel anxious during these unprecedented times where we feel as if we have a loss of control due to the aspects of the COVID-19, Instead of spending so much time excessively worrying, why not put that energy into what you can control which is self-care. Sleep is a natural aspect for focusing and working on self- care. Getting enough sleep not only makes you feel good and ready for the day but also benefits your immune system.

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COVID-19 is a difficult time for everyone. One way to establish a sense of normalcy and certainty is to establish consistent weekly and daily routines. With school and work being online, the gym closed, and other everyday activities being altered, having a routine will make us feel a little more sane during these crazy times.

Experts day that keeping a routine- either your old one before COVID-19 or a new one- is an important part in maintaining mental and physical health.  Some people may view quarantine as a vacation or a retreat. Others may see the stay at home orders as a way to get organized, get ahead, or acquire a new skill. It’s important to note how we want to spend our time during this unique situation. Ask yourself: “After this is over, what do I want accomplished or have experienced?” Build your routine around these goals in mind.

A routine does not mean you have to do everything at the same time according to a strict schedule. While that may help some people, it is also a good idea for others to have a check list or to-do list with tasks they would like to accomplish in the day. This includes downtime, exercise, work, and self care!

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Many people’s routines are being disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gyms are still closed, work is being done from home, and the weather keeps getting colder. When it comes to physical and mental health, nutrition and physical activity are key players. Not only does a good diet and being active promote a healthy lifestyle, but also prevents disease.

Physical activity, movement, and exercise are extremely important to maintain during the coronavirus pandemic. An inactive lifestyle is associated with higher risks for chronic disease and decreased immune health. With that in mind, below are benefits of exercise, how to think about exercising, how much you should be doing, equipment, and more.

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