How to survive the loneliness of Christmas
Christmas is often portrayed as a time of joy, laughter, and togetherness with loved ones. However, for many people, the reality can be quite different. Whether it’s due to distance, loss, or other circumstances, spending Christmas alone can be a difficult and lonely experience. The truth is, you’re not the only one. Many people spend the festive season without company or family around them. But fear not, there are strategies for surviving the loneliness of Christmas and finding moments of joy during this festive season. So, if you’re feeling the weight of solitude keep reading for some helpful advice.
Spend time doing something you love!
Distract yourself from loneliness by engaging in activities that bring you joy. It could be as simple as watching a festive film or as therapeutic as painting or writing. As recommended by the experts at Mind, make time for things that you truly enjoy. Take a morning jog, walk in the countryside, play video games or solve puzzles. Indulge in a hot bath with a good book or a lie-in wearing your favourite pyjamas. Prioritise self-care this Christmas season and discover personal growth through activities that bring you happiness. Remember to treat yourself to the joys of life, even if it’s just for the holidays.
Connections are important
In times of loneliness, human connection becomes even more crucial. Whilst it may feel challenging to reach out to others during Christmas when you’re alone, remember that you are not alone in feeling this way. Take this opportunity to connect with loved ones, even if it’s through phone calls, video chats, or handwritten letters. Reach out to old friends or distant family members, letting them know you’re thinking of them. By nurturing connections, you can create a sense of belonging and alleviate the loneliness that often accompanies spending Christmas alone. Social media can also make it challenging, especially when it’s flooded with images of happy families and Christmas cheer. Instead of comparing yourself to others, consider taking a digital detox to focus on your mental well-being.
Treat yourself to your favourites
Just like you don’t have to stick to traditional Christmas Day festivities, the same goes for the dinner. If you’re not a fan of turkey and trimmings, treat yourself to your favourite dish on 25 December. From homemade dishes to luxurious desserts, you can even have them delivered if cooking isn’t your thing. And what about those tins of chocolate varieties: with no one to pinch your favourites you can gleefully enjoy all of them to yourself.
Spread some festive cheer
When we feel low, giving back to those around us can work wonders. Studies have shown that lending a helping hand to others can also alleviate feelings of loneliness in ourselves. During the festive season, there are countless opportunities for acts of kindness, from providing food for the homeless to gifting a parcel to a young person in need. Consider volunteering with Re-Engage to connect with isolated elderly individuals, or help a homeless youth enjoy a warm meal this Christmas by donating to Centrepoint. You can also make a difference by donating food to a local food bank, offering physical assistance, or reaching out to assist refugees in your community through your council.
Get out in nature
One of the most rejuvenating ways to combat the loneliness of Christmas is by getting out into nature. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world. Go for a walk in a local park, hike a scenic trail, or simply sit and admire the tranquillity of a nearby beach or lake. As you breathe in the fresh air and take in the sights and sounds of nature, you’ll find solace and a sense of peace. Nature has a way of grounding us and reminding us of the interconnectedness of all living beings. So, lace up your walking shoes, wrap up warm, and allow nature to provide the comfort and companionship you need during this festive season.
Plan for 2024
If your focus is to just survive this festive season, why not focus on what you want to achieve in 2024. Cheadle is a wonderful community with lots of activities, including church gatherings and carol concerts whether you are seeking some connection or solace, and you don’t have to be religious to enjoy a lovely carol service.
On behalf of Joe, Patrick and Maurice Kilbride, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas.
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