Here is a list of wonderful actions for a solitary Christmas – if that’s your situation. It is for me – I’m getting used to it now but am generally really relieved when this whole season is over! Having said that, these actions are an outline of ways to prevent loneliness from stealing your Joy tomorrow. Let’s see what we can do to get our Christmas Cheer on!
- Play Christmas carols – I was brought up on the Bing Crosby album “A Christmas Sing with Bing – Around the World”. Mum trotted it out every single year until we kids flew the coop. I’ve started listening to it again courtesy of YouTube. Find your own childhood favourites on YT – just relish any happy memories and ban the unhappy ones, if that’s possible or even necessary. Here’s Bing……
2. if it’s financially possible then consider donating some dosh to StreetSwags – give someone a home of their own on the streets.
3. I generally don’t but why not attend one of the masses held on Christmas Day – not because of the religion but to celebrate the Birth of Love in our midst –
it’s also beneficial to get outside and amongst people on this day when isolation is at its worst.
4. Tomorrow I’m planning to go for an extra long trek around town – exercise and sunshine are good to get rid of any negative feelings.
5. Make an effort to feed yourself some kind of treat tomorrow – a special dish or cup of something. Mulled wine is a great Chrissy drink and easy to make. Yes, it’s hot but it’s tres ambient! Even just the aroma wafting!!!
6. sign a petition on the internet – sign heaps of them! That’s a real way to add your voice to concerns and do some good in the world for vulnerable people and animals and environment.
7. sleep in!
8. Love your companion animal – treat them to a walk, a talk, a treat, cuddles and conversation.
9. watch TV to get some people into your home and in your face. I turned my TV off a few months ago and sent it to Coventry but just for this few days it’s back in the living room in case I need some entertainment.
10. Meditate! – yes, I also plan to do this tomorrow as well. It’s also a New Year’s Resolution to pull my finger out and get down to some daily discipline! (because I KNOW it works!)
11. Watch Scrooge with Alistair Sim on YouTube even if only for his conversion at the end from mean to altruistic! I’ve watched it too many times this last fortnight and used up all my internet allowance for this month! But it’s THE Christmas film for me and the best version, in my humble………..
as is Charlie Brown Christmas
12. If time drags, as it soooo DOES on Christmas Day, then read a book – our local library is closed (!!!) until Jan 4th, so I got out a mountain of books to tide me over – why not write a review of the one you finish and send it off to your local library – they can publish it and you’ll have contributed to their work in the community.
13. send all family members a Christmas greeting via text or phone them. I’m fairly phone-phobic and text whenever possible – and once it’s out there, that’s it. Family responses will be heartening.
14. This year I finally contacted an organisation to volunteer at and was hoping to spend the Day with them tomorrow but that couldn’t happen due to form-filling and orientation and legal obligations and police searched – but it will happen next year!
I could go on, but the point is to keep your spirits up rather than let the mind take over with negative thoughts and feelings. Christmas is such a stressful time for a lot of folks who don’t have anyone to share it with – (and also for those who do!) – so it’s vital to stay aware of any sadnesses that might creep in.
The Black Dog Institute has published this PDF on Christmas Depression.
The main main main thing is to be aware and be kind to yourself – this day is all about love so let it wash over you if possible because you are taking care of yourself. My thoughts are with you all and I hope that each one of us experiences Joy on Christmas Day – because of kindness, awareness and wonderful actions that we do tomorrow.
Merry Christmas and Love to All,