December is here and for many of us the thought of Christmas alone fills us with dread and depression. Many people can be alone at Christmas for different reasons, such as the death of a loved one, maybe you don’t have a close relationship with your relatives or you live far from relatives; Society tells us that to spend time alone at Christmas is miserable, dismal, sad and sorrowful. The truth is spending time alone does not have to be any of those things. If you find yourself alone this Christmas then read on…. Below we have put together a list of challenging and enjoyable ideas to revel in Christmas alone.
Volunteering over Christmas is the perfect way to connect with others. Not only will you bring joy to those less fortunate it will help boost your self-esteem. Perhaps you could help out at a local soup kitchen or take gifts to lonely residents at a nursing home or hospital.
Take a road trip:
Why not jump in the car and go somewhere you have never been before. Never be afraid of travelling solo. It will make you a more confident and independent human being.
Spend the day in self indulgence, Think really good cake, bubble baths, champagne, steak, red wine, internet shopping. Whatever takes your fancy go for it spend the entire day doing things you love
Why not become an indoor nudist for the entire day. We are born naked and it is our natural state. Clothing keeps us warm and is often necessary to wear in public, but that doesn't mean it needs to be worn at all times. Bear in mind If you are in a cold country it might be an idea to put the heating on.
Take the time to appreciate al that you do have in life. Write a list of all the things you are grateful for whether it be good health, fresh water, warmth, food on the table, a place to live. Writing down at least 5 things that you are grateful for can help rewire your brain, Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, less anxiety, sounder sleep and overall a higher long-term satisfaction with life.
Why not spend the day being productive. If you enjoy work and have the option to work on Christmas day then why not? If you have a job that involves interacting with people (customers & co workers) then being at work may well help you feel less lonely
Take a walk:
Wrap up warm and take in the sights and sounds of Christmas day. Walk by your neighbours houses take in the smells and why not try and guess what they are cooking.
You could spend the entire day doing absolutely nothing, have a movie marathon or just spend the entire day in bed.
Look through your local phone book ring random numbers. Wish them a very merry Christmas then put the phone down.
Spend the day you tubing your favorite comedians. Laughter is good for your health and relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system.
Learn something new by simply using a search engine, type in something you've always wanted to know. It could be anything from the history of a play to learning how to use crystals. Who knows by new year you could be starting a whole new career.
Remember Christmas is just one day and with enough imagination you can make the day enjoyable for you. If you really are feeling down about being alone at Christmas and just can’t pull yourself out of it, please reach out for help. Call a friend, family member, or a helpline. You don't need to be alone.