Is it safe to attend holiday events this year?
With the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant still making the rounds and heightened measures being enacted in anticipation for Omicron, a lot of people are wondering, yet again, if it’s safe to gather for the holidays this year.
But unlike last year’s holiday season, this year many of us are vaccinated and some of us are even boosted. This begs the question: Is it safe to gather with people that haven’t been vaccinated this holiday season?
The World Council for Health believes wholeheartedly that it is safe to gather with friends and family this year. In fact, we don’t just believe it—science tells us so! But we understand that this might not fit with what you’ve recently been told on the news or even through your health authority.
Social distancing, being forced into isolation, and mask-wearing are all dehumanizing acts that run completely counter to our basic human need for social interaction and touch.
We need each other. And deep down, even the most distanced among us know that it’s true. Unfortunately, a lot of us haven’t seen our family or friends nearly as much as we used to. This has happened both by choice and because of regulations and mandates.
Don’t let fear stop you from gathering and hugging someone this holiday season if you want to.
And if current events have interrupted your usual holiday plans with family, reach out to friends and celebrate with your chosen family this year. Chances are if you’re on deck to be alone this holiday season, someone you know is, too. Don’t hesitate to make new connections and new traditions this year!
A merry way to share good health!
Click on the flyer below to download a double-sided printable copy. The flyer is also available in German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French! On the back, you’ll find an immune-boosting shopping list. Arm yourself with some good and practical news to share this holiday!
You can also jot down the shopping list below. Share good health with others this year by creating a one-of-a-kind, immune system optimization gift basket!
Strengthen your immune system—a gift that keeps on giving!
It’s always a good idea to boost your immune system, especially before gathering in large groups. This is particularly true during seasons when you might not be getting enough vitamin D from the sun and when your body might be out of practice when it comes to being around the inevitable germs that join in the festivities when gathering with others.
Whether you’re vaccinated, boosted, Covid-19 recovered, or none of the above, our guides will help you stay in tip-top shape this holiday season. And if you’re eager to spread some immune-boosting goodness this year, read on to find our useful stocking stuffer and gift-giving guide and to learn how to arm yourself with fact-based information.
Unwrap healthy conversations on topics that matter
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.. sipping mulled wine in between cheerful conversations with beloved family members.. Right?! Hollywood might say so—yet many of us are all too familiar with conflict around the holidays.
In fact, a recent survey from Relate revealed that 44% of UK adults have rowed with a family member during the festive period. And as if deep-seated historical grievances, hidden stresses, and incompatible political opinions weren’t sticky enough, we now have numerous potentially divisive discussions to navigate.
It is important to keep in mind that we are in an information war and some of the most controversial talking points are related to Covid. In order to avoid this topic becoming a cause for family conflict this holiday season, remember that your conversation partner may find it absolutely impossible to question what political leaders, medical authorities, and their trusted mainstream media outlets are broadcasting on a daily basis. This isn’t unusual. When we’re in this state of mind, it can be actually difficult to have rational conversations.
According to Professor Mattias Desmet, a clinical psychologist at the University of Ghent, a fraction of around 30% of the population is “unable to process new scientific data and facts demonstrating that they have been misled about the effectiveness and adverse impacts of mandatory mask use, lockdowns, and genetic vaccines”. They are literally hypnotized, having succumbed to a psychological phenomenon called “mass formation”. Professor Desmet suggests that we continue to speak out against the official narrative, as this may help break the hypnosis. It may also persuade those who are still persuadable to “choose reason over mindlessness”.
Before you get drawn into a would-be argument about Covid vaccines, lockdowns, masks, or therapeutics, make sure you’re “armed” with the right information. Below we have compiled some of our most useful resources so you can feel prepared and empowered to tackle conversations with even the most hypnotized of family members. But remember, this is a special time of year. Especially in light of what we have experienced over the last two years, time with family is sacred. Even with the best of intentions, conversations can spill over into arguments and arguments don’t usually change minds.
Healthy & practical gift guide
This year, we’re committed to giving the most beneficial and practical gifts to our family and friends and we hope you’ll join us!
Gone are the days of gifting things that will just be ignored or end up in the landfill in a week’s time — there’s an endless supply of useful information and tools to make us happier and healthier and we can’t just keep it to ourselves! This year, let’s join together to spread the joy of good health!
Slow down together
It is important to slow down during this busy season and what better way to sit and relax with family than with a film or podcast!
Take a look at our suggestions below, grouped into whether you’re looking to switch your brain off or switch it on. Our list of podcasts is also useful for those long holiday car rides!