by Amanda Jane Snyder
New Years Eve! The beloved Party Holiday. Where we all gather together in fancy clothes, cheers champagne, celebrate all of our accomplishments over the past year and look forward to new ones in the year ahead. So how can we still celebrate safely this year?
I got you!
1. Avoid Kissing Strangers
No but really. This holiday usually comes with a kiss at midnight and with COVID spreading like COVID (does anything spread faster than COVID?), kissing a random person is less than ideal. If you're to kiss someone at midnight, know where they've been.
2. Get Tested and Quarantine
Which brings me to point number two. If you MUST celebrate with your friends or family or kiss someone at midnight, please get a COVID test. Here in NYC, the lines are long, like 4-5 hours long, so plan accordingly and don't wait til the last minute. I personally recommend getting tested early to avoid crowds. But the most important thing with getting tested is quarantining after. Make sure to stay home and stay safe after taking your test to avoid risk of exposure.
3. Make Sure Your Pod has Tested
What's the point of testing yourself if you don't know the status of others ESPECIALLY if you're going to kiss that person(anyone else feel like COVID tests carry the same stigmas as STDs?). In addition to your test, double check that everyone at your gathering is doing the same. Have they gotten their tests? Have they quarantined after? There's no harm in asking if it means potentially saving the lives of others.
4. Video Chat
If worse comes to worse, there's always the internet. Luckily in this day and age there are so many options available for family and friend gatherings through our digital devices. Facetime, Zoom, or even a pre-recorded video. For Christmas this year, my family recorded and sent a video message for my 96 year old Grandma as she's been unable to visit with us at all during the pandemic. This is a wonderful and meaningful option for those of us in special circumstances where contact isn't possible.
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, make sure you do celebrate in some capacity. This year has been exhausting in more ways than one. You deserve a moment of celebration, no matter how small.
Amanda Jane Snyder is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Mindset Coach living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been vegan for 4 years. She specializes in Strength and Conditioning for Actors, Singers and Dancers.