FCS News – December 21, 2020
Mental Wellness During the Holidays
- Take time to notice your own responses.
- Ask yourself “What helps and what hurts?”
- Talk about what the holidays may bring up for you.
- Pay attention to nutrition and exercise.
Homeowners Can Request Forbearance or Mortgage Relief
Homeowners who have experienced an income drop due to COVID-19 can request “forbearance.” Some federally backed mortgages have a December 31, 2020 deadline for forbearance requests. For more information, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website
If you’re one of the millions of people who have placed your mortgage in forbearance since March, it’s important to know:
- If you got forbearance under the CARES Act, you have the right to a 180-day extension
- You have options for repaying
Homemade food gifts are common around the holidays. Many options, such as homemade spice mixes, baking mixes and breads have minimal food safety risks. Items such as home canned or dried foods, infused items and some baked goods should be handled carefully to prevent illness.
Eating meals at home is ideal because you have control over ingredients, calories, and portions, all while saving money. However, when the endless to-do lists and errands make takeout the option, it doesn’t mean that healthy eating must take a backseat.
Here are a few ways to make your takeout meal a bit healthier.
- Add more vegetables to your meal or choose meals where vegetables take center stage.
- Ask for steamed brown rice instead of fried rice.
- Request that the dressing, oil, butter, or sauce is on the side so you can choose how much to put on your dish.
- Be mindful of portion sizes. Split the entree in half and save for later.
For more ideas on eating out and choosing healthier options, check out these resources:
- How to Order Well at Any Restaurant
- Fast Food Survival Guide
- Is There Anything Healthy on the Highway
Holiday Movie Workout Game
Movies are a great way to soak in the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, movies require a lot of sitting…until now! Most movies, especially holiday movies, have recurring phrases, activities, or themes throughout the movie. These recurring events now have an assigned activity to them. So for example, in Elf, every time you see an elf you have to stand up and jump up in the air. If you wanted to add some holiday spirit maybe you could jump up and yell “ELF!” and get excited like Buddy. Make it your own, be creative, and modify it to your ability level. Hope that this serves as a fun, active movie watching experience for you and your family this season!