Christmas can be lonely for a lot of people for a lot of reasons, and even more so this year with new restrictions being brought in. The current rules are that people in tiers one to three can only meet other households on Christmas day itself, whereas people in tier 4 can not mix at all and must have Christmas in their own home. In addition to that, people may be isolating due to having the virus or being in contact with someone who has it. Overall this all means that Christmas will be very different for a lot of people this year, and many will be spending it alone for the first time. This blog post will give you some ideas about how to make the most out of the day if you are alone, and some activities you could do.
Make A Plan For The Day
Usually, on Christmas day you will have a plan about what you are going to do, who you will see and food you will eat, and just because you are alone this year why should this be any different! If you wake up on the day and have nothing planned you may instantly feel worse about the day as a whole, whereas if you have things planned you have small things to look forward to throughout the day. Get yourself ready in the morning, this is much better for your mindset than staying in your pyjamas all day, it will make you feel productive and that you have already accomplished something that day. Just because the day is different for you this year does not mean it has to be less enjoyable, fill your day with things that make you happy, your favourite film, treat yourself to delicious food and speak to your friends and family. Enjoy this time for yourself and make this Christmas all about you!
Try not to stay indoors all day long staring at the same four walls. Going for a walk outside is good for both your mental and physical health, boosting your mood and a good way to spend your time. It will distract you from the thoughts of being alone at Christmas and allow you to spend time to think about what you are grateful for in your life such as your family, your friends, your job, nature and your health. You could also spend this time thinking about next Christmas and how you can look forward to spending it with your family and friends. You may not be the only person taking a Christmas day walk, you could see other people who are alone, or families and couples, this will make you feel like you are not all alone as you have seen other people in the day. Additionally, people’s mood seems to be lifted at Christmas, and someone simply wishing you a Merry Christmas will make you feel good, less alone and appreciated.
There are lots of places you can volunteer at around Christmas such as homeless shelters and soup kitchens. If you do find yourself looking for something different to do then why not give it a try, you will be helping others who are in need and have a big part of helping them enjoy their day! It will be a very rewarding experience for yourself too, you have helped people less fortunate than yourself, and you never know it could become a new hobby of yours for the new year. Giving back to your community on Christmas day is a selfless thing to do and something you will not regret.
Avoid Social Media
Due to their being different tiers in different areas and some people isolating and others not, everyone will be celebrating Christmas in a different way. In some tiers, households can mix for one day and so people will be seeing friends and family and more than likely they will be posting this on social media. It can be very easy to compare your day to theirs, you may see them having a relatively normal Christmas day and feel sad because you aren’t able to, and it may make you feel even more lonely despite everything you have done in the day to combat this feeling. Try to avoid social media as much as you can, turn off notifications and even turn off your phone if it helps. Everyone’s Christmas is different in normal circumstances, never mind Christmas in 2020!
Talk to Family and Friends
Just because you can’t be with your family and friends in person this year doesn’t you mean you can’t make plans with them. Plan a time together where you can video call each other and do ‘normal’ Christmas things, open presents together, play games together, eat Christmas dinner together or do a big quiz night. If you are a very sociable person, maybe plan different people to speak to throughout the day, this way you’ve always got something to look forward to and a good way to spend your time. This would also be very beneficial if you have another friend who is alone at Christmas, you can speak throughout the day which will make you feel like you have spent the day in each other’s company. Just because you can’t be with each other physically does not mean you have to be completely alone this year, it’s all about finding different ways to interact.
2020 has been a different year for everyone in some way or form, and Christmas this year is proving to be so too. The 25th of December will be different. We need to stay safe, follow the rules and try to make it as enjoyable as we can.
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