Feeling lonely in the festive season is daunting, especially for those who are Christmas lovers. According to Mind, one of the leading mental health charities in the UK, 36% are too embarrassed to admit they feel lonely at Christmas (2017) and we only imagine this could feel even more real this year with the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Here we have our top 10 Aspect tips for those anticipating a lonely Christmas this year:
- Plan your time: Try to think ahead, and always have something to look forward to, whether it’s your favourite TV show with their Christmas special or a new set of PJ’s on Christmas Eve whilst watching your favourite festive film.
- Fulfil your favourite traditions: Hanging up your Christmas stockings, or snuggling on the sofa with a hot chocolate – be sure to continue any traditions that you enjoy.
- Be creative: Making your own Christmas cards or baking a sweet festive treat are examples of great ways to pass the time, whilst also giving a special personal touch to Christmas. If this isn’t so much your thing, maybe you could make an online Christmas quiz to share with your loved ones and see who really loves Christmas the most.
- Volunteer: There are so many others who feel lonely at Christmas, and you’re never alone. You may find a local care home or soup kitchen would really benefit from your help during the colder months. Giving back to the local community is kind, and your work would always be appreciated.
- Utilise modern technology: Although some may find social media accentuates feelings of loneliness, there are some excellent video calling platforms to connect with your loved ones. Having one conversation every day can do great things for your mental health. Try and stay connected, maybe you could even reach out to an old friend?
- Exercise and getting outside: Even though it may be chilly, try and get some exercise in, anything from a stroll, admiring the local Christmas displays, to your favourite cycling routes. If you feel worried about leaving the house with the current circumstances, you could even dance in the kitchen to your favourite Christmas songs.
- Treat yourself: Be kind to yourself this winter. It has been a difficult year, but Christmas is all about love, and that means you too! You could treat yourself to something on your wishlist that you couldn’t quite justify before, or put time aside for a pamper evening at home with your favourite bath bomb.
- Set some goals: Similar to planning your time, set goals to get yourself through the festive season. These can be long or short term! Short term goals can be as simple as making your bed or wearing a Christmas jumper, with long term goals being new years resolutions or things you can look forward to in 2021.
- Relax: Find ways to unwind in the evenings. You can achieve this in many ways, but it is very personal to each individual. Some may find colouring really helps, whereas others might prefer meditation or practising mindfulness. This will not only help with sleep but could reduce any negative emotions you may be feeling.
- Talk: If you are struggling and feel lonely, reach out, either to your loved ones or to helplines. Prioritise not only your physical health but also your mental health this Christmas.
Samaritans: call 116 123 or email: email@example.com
Mind: call 0300 123 3393
The Mix: call 0808 808 4994