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6 Ways Nurses Can Celebrate the Holidays in 2021

Posted by Taylor Niss on Dec 8, 2021 11:31:28 AM

Decorations during a pandemic

As we all work to navigate life among COVID-19, frontline workers will experience another taxing holiday season. As a nurse, you may expect to work some holidays, but this year many find themselves without a choice due to understaffed facilities from COVID-19. Here are a few ideas for making the holidays a little merrier amid the chaos.

Nurse ZoomStay Connected With Technology

When you are unable to get together in person, connecting over video is an excellent alternative. If possible, try to coordinate with coworkers so you can each connect with your loved ones during breaks, even the really short ones. We know it's not the same as physically being there, but a quick video call can help you feel a little more connected to those you love.


Holiday DecorAdd Decorations to Your Facility 

Even if they're minimal, adding a few decorations can help add a little cheer to your facility. Have some extra decorations from home? Consider bringing them to your facility! Have kids at home? Make it a fun, creative activity by making a few decorations to hang up!

Prioritize Yourself When You Can 

As a nurse, your focus lies on caring for others, so it can be challenging to find the time and energy for yourself. Self-care is imperative so you can feel your best and be your best for your patients. You can refer to our recent blog post for a few self-care ideas or consider these:

  • Seek out the help of a professional if you are struggling with your mental health. The American Nurses Association has several excellent resources designed specifically for nurses.
  • Spend a little time outside. Try taking a walk, eating a meal outside, or even stepping out for just a few deep breaths.
  • Ask for help when you need it. You may not realize how many people are happy to help if you just tell them how!
  • Utilize positive self-talk. You are doing a great job, and you deserve to hear it from yourself, too!

Treat Yourself to Something Special 

You deserve a little extra this year and what better time to treat yourself? Treating yourself can be as simple or extravagant as you wish. You could splurge on a holiday drink from Starbucks or choose a nurse-approved gift from this gift guide!


Happy HolidaysDo Something Nice for a Coworker 

'Tis the season of giving. Doing something to show your coworker you appreciate them can really boost morale in your facility. You can surprise them with a gift or write a note of encouragement. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out this compilation of kind words written for nurses.

Give Yourself a Break This Holiday SeasonHoliday Relaxing

What a trying time this has been, especially for healthcare workers. Don't be afraid to cut yourself some slack this year. Give yourself the gift of less stress by walking away from those holiday traditions that weigh you down. You don't have to put up every decoration or make a single holiday cookie. 2021 is the year of no judgment.


The work nurses are doing is imperative and does not go unappreciated or unnoticed. There is no correct way to celebrate the holidays (or not), so choose what is best for you! 


From all of us here at CCI, Happy Holidays. We hope you have a safe holiday season!