How to Navigate Mental Health and the Holidays

Most families would say that the holiday season normally brings both elements of joy and difficulty. But this year, some of our joyful experiences are more challenging or may not happen at all due to COVID-19. See how to handle the holidays with less stress, start conversations and start new traditions with the help of On Our Sleeves’ resources.

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COVID-19 and Holiday Stress

Most families would say that the holiday season normally brings both elements of joy and difficulty. But as COVID-19 continues to loom, some of our joyful experiences are more challenging or may not happen at all.

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6 Reasons Why It's Good for You to Volunteer

You may already know how great it is for your mental health, but did you know there’s a growing body of research that volunteering is great for your physical health as well?

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How to Make Holiday Shopping With Children a Hassle-Free Experience

Our experts have some simple steps you can take to help encourage good behavior from children during holiday errands.

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Tips to Prevent Holiday Stress for Children (and Parents)

As children grow from infancy into toddlerhood and early childhood, parents will find they experience holiday events in new ways each year. These can be stressful and we have some tips to help.

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Rethinking the Holidays

The 2020 holiday season will be different than any other in recent memory. While there will be challenges to this holiday season, there will also be many new opportunities for your family.

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8 Ways To Teach Kids About Giving and Sharing During the Holidays

Finding ways to involve your kids in acts of generosity this holiday season may help to boost their happiness levels, which may inspire them to seek out opportunities to be more giving throughout their lifetimes.

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Teaching Your Kids About Kindness: Don't Miss the Mark

World Kindness Day is November 13. It's about showing kindness to others through small, simple gestures. Here are some ways we can teach kindness to our children all year long.

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Teaching Kids How to Receive Gifts With Gratitude

Most adults want children learn how to feel grateful about the gifts they receive and to express this to those who take the time to give. Our experts have some tips to help prepare your children to receive gifts with gratitude this holiday season.



It's fair to say, it's a less than normal holiday season. COVID-19 has significantly impacted our lives this year, and the holidays will be no different. Many of us will be adjusting, or possibly cancelling our typical traditions. While this can be really disappointing for families, there are ways we can make the holidays special. Here are a few tips:

  1. Talk with your family. Be transparent about how things will be different this holiday season, and explain that it’s only to keep everyone safe. Remind your family that traditions are only placed on pause, they don’t have to stop completely just because of the current situation we are facing this year.
  2. Brainstorm creative ideas on how you can carry out your family’s celebrations on a smaller scale. If there are certain foods everyone loves, cook them together for the immediate family. If there are certain services you typically attend, see if there are virtual offerings. Maybe even come up with some fun games to play or a list of movies to watch. Who knows, you may even create some new traditions in the process.
  3. Use our new, virtual world to your advantage. Have a virtual celebration with extended family members so everyone has the opportunity to connect. You could even include them in some of the family games.
  4. Practice gratitude. We know that gratitude absolutely helps us cope through challenging moments. While we want to validate the negative feelings we may have during these tough times, we also want to remember those things we still have. Make it a fun and positive family activity, and list all of those things you are grateful for.
  5. Take time to give back. Helping those in need helps to spread gratitude to others and fosters a sense of connection. Find a family to sponsor, or even donate clothes and household items to families in need. We promise, this will have just as much of a positive impact on your family as it does for those who receive it.

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