Coping with Christmas
Christmas can be a wonderful time of year; it gives us a chance to meet up with friends and family, indulge in festive treats and give gifts. However, it’s not always like that for everyone, and the restrictions placed upon us due to the pandemic mean that some may not be able to enjoy Christmas how they would usually.
Many of us will be spending Christmas day alone this year. This may be difficult for those of us who would usually spend time with others, whether that’s due to the pandemic or for other reasons.
Mind has put together some tips and advice that might make the day a little easier.
Focus on what you enjoy
- make where you live feel like a nice environment by putting up decorations or photos, or simply tidying up
- plan to enjoy your favourite food or drink on Christmas day
- spend the day doing things you enjoy
Connect with others
- arrange to talk to people over the phone or via video call. You could organise an activity like a quiz
- go online and connect with other people who might be spending Christmas alone. You could try our online community, Side by Side
- engage with your local community. Some local events might not be happening, but you may be able to find virtual events to join
Choose to not celebrate, if that feels easier
- tell others about your plans so they know whether or not to mention Christmas
- exchange any gifts in advance
- stay off social media and try to avoid festive adverts on TV or online
- eat the same foods and do the same activities as you would any other day
For more information and tips, visit www.mind.org.uk/christmas
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 21st December 2020