Since “home for the holidays” means something different this year, we’re showing how the food, friends and family that make it special can still come together to work their holiday magic. Use the ideas below as inspiration to keep your mind, body and spirit feeling great!
Nosh & Nourish
Working from home (aka kitchen adjacent) can make it easier to eat healthy and eat together.
Eat at the table and skip multitasking during meals to fully enjoy the food, the company and the downtime.
Meet kids in the kitchen for a daily check-in during their lunch break. The whole family will feel rejuvenated to tackle the rest of the day.
Turn grazing into a good habit by stocking your kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies.
Not since the advent of three-way calling has a phone done more to bring us together.
Take a walk-and-talk-on-the-phone break with a friend from afar. You’ll get to catch up and get in those steps!
Many of your favorite board games are available as apps. Make the finger foods for one hand and tap to win with the other.
Start group chats
with family and friends to keep everyone in touch (and see who has the best memes, of course).
Let the first bite of favorite recipes evoke treasured memories of family and friends.
Ask family members for their recipes. Not only will they be flattered, they’ll be touched that you’re thinking of them.
Incorporate pictures of family gatherings from previous holidays into your decorations.
Use our guide to make a virtual dinner feel as magical as an in-person event.
Gift Your Gratitude
A handwritten note with an intentional gift are this year’s version of a big hug.
If you’re the maker of a treasured dish or the holder of secret family recipe, check out these ideas for ways to serve it up from afar.
Make baked goods or treats that revive a shared memory— like Grandma’s cookies—and send to family members.
For far-flung loved ones who can’t get back, let home come to them with a package filled with local goodies.
Make Time for Yourself
While friends and family are very important, remember that a little alone time can be just what we need to recharge.
Find a meditation or white noise app to help center you on stressful days.
Rediscover coloring books, keep a journal or work on a puzzle. These hobbies are a nice, low-key distraction.
Step outside. Even just a few minutes of fresh air and sunshine can brighten your mood.