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Brightening a COVID conscious Christmas

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A mental-health focused blog article on the impact of coronavirus on Christmas in tier 4 zones.

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Brightening a COVID conscious Christmas

Green, glistening trees awash with bright, effervescent lights. Houses overflowing with jubilant, joyous families celebrating the year. Yes, Christmas is associated with happiness and up-tempo spirits. But due to unprecedented actions this year will not follow in these snowy footsteps, and this will undoubtedly be difficult for some.

As we head into our first ‘socially distanced Christmas’, it is more important than ever to be conscious of our mental health and wellbeing. Being away from family and loved ones during the Christmas period can promote loneliness and self-loathing, and we’d like you to encourage yourself to think more positively, whilst devising a system to do so.

Keep in touch

If you’re away from the people you enjoy seeing during this time of year, make an effort and a plan to stay connected. Whether this be a scheduled phone or zoom call, or even an internet-based game, make sure you spend some virtual time together. You’ll feel so much better being able to socialise with them even though it is not the same.

Our mental health relies on our ability to handle and adapt to testing situations, but with the unprecedented nature of the year, we’re facing situations we have not only never experienced before, but situations we never even thought were possible. You may have never thought spending time with these people mattered so much, so it may only be daunting on you now. Don’t let anxiety or fear of rejection make you avoid reaching out; do it if it’ll make you happy.

Money worries

For many of us, the pandemic disrupted our finances in ways we thought were unimaginable. Money may be tighter this year because of redundancies or the lessening pool of vacancies. Just remember that we’re all in this together; you’re not alone. If you’re concerned about your ability to buy gifts for people, it is very likely they understand what you’re going through, and that it is nothing to be ashamed of.

We often place greater expectations on our ourselves, than those that others place on us. It is these grandiose expectations that exacerbate our downfall as it creates a demand that we cannot fulfil. Just be open, honest, and realistic. It’ll help you process situations better, and also help you to create social circles that are also open, honest, and realistic, creating a healthier atmosphere for everyone.

Hobbies

Just because it’s the festive period doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t indulge in the hobbies that you normally do. And if you’re someone who’s struggled to find them, perhaps it’s time to try some new things to see what you could be passionate about. You’ll be surprised just how much it serves you to have things you enjoy doing on a regular basis.

During the festive period, these hobbies will occupy a greater importance. This pleasant distraction will help to re-direct your focus from the negative situations currently present in your life, and this is so powerful. Hobbies disrupt the cycle of negative thoughts that are the foundation of anxiety and depression. You can become lost in this web of negativity.

If you feel you need help – reach out

If nothing you seem to be doing is working, there are always people willing to offer you a helping hand. You can call the Samaritans on 116 123, and you’ll speak to friendly people who will support you through no matter what you’re going through.

Christmas is not a time to suffer in silence, and we know it’s so easy to fall into this situation. We hope we’ve given you some tips that will aid your mental health during this potentially distressing time.

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