This post was most recently updated on October 16th, 2023
2020 will be a different year than ever before. With Christmas In Lockdown, it is difficult to enjoy the things we once took for granted and thoroughly enjoyed. For others, 2020 has shown loss and heartache. Here are some ways to avoid getting bogged down by the current situation and to enjoy yourself as much as possible.
Relax As Much As You Can
It can be difficult at times, but take some time off and let your body rest. Otherwise, Christmas can become exhausting and no longer exciting.
Donate to Charity
There are many people who are struggling at the moment, so if you can, please try to donate. Even if it is as little as a couple of tins, or clothes you no longer need, every little helps.
Don’t Forget About Those Who Are Vulnerable
This pandemic can be an isolating time for those who have been shielding since March. Find new ways to include these people; hopefully, it will help to calm any anxieties about “missing out”.
Find Solace In Your Hobbies
As it is winter and cold, many activities have now ventured indoors. For this reason, fall in love with your passions once again. This way, you can make the most of being at home.
Make Gifts for Your Loved Ones
It is easy to get overwhelmed by the thought of giving gifts at a time when you cannot leave the house. Christmas In Lockdown can mean that you can be inventive with creating gifts—maybe even making them more thoughtful than in previous years. Be creative and attempt to make edible gifts!
Set Yourself a Budget
It can be so easy to get carried away when it comes to finances, and in January, you find yourself paying the price. See what you can afford and work accordingly.
Plan, Plan, and Plan
Luckily enough, we know that Christmas will arrive at the same time every year, and for this reason, we can plan to the nth degree to help reduce stress nearer the time.
Get Yourself in The Christmas Spirit
For many, the holiday season can improve mental health and wellbeing. Stick some tunes on, decorate your tree, bring out some apple and cinnamon candles, and enjoy Christmas for its intended purpose.
Include Your Family As Much As Possible
With the pandemic, it can become difficult to see your family and friends as normal. For this reason, use interactive and online tools to maintain a level of interaction this year. Let Zoom become your best friend!
Do Not Cook More Food Than You Need
It is so easy to make too much. For this reason, only make what you need; hopefully, this should reduce any pressure in the whole process. It can also reduce waste, which is perfect because, with Christmas in Lockdown, it is harder to distribute leftovers.
Do Not Shop for Anything at the Last Minute
With Christmas In Lockdown, it is more likely for panic buying to occur, and for people to buy more than they need. To reduce stress levels, try to buy as much as you can in advance.
If You Are Feeling Overwhelmed, Let Someone Know
A problem shared is a problem halved, after all, so if there is anything bothering you, shout it out.
Get Gifts Delivered Straight To The Door of Your Loved One
Christmas in lockdown is going to be unlike ever before, but at the end of the day, you do not want to have lots of gifts waiting to be handed out in April (once everything has calmed down). Cut out the waiting time by ordering gifts straight to your loved one—at least this way you will not have to think about distribution and wrapping.
Manage Your Time Efficiently
You do not want it to come on Christmas Day, and you are worrying about everything non-Christmas related that needs to get done. Spend the days before the celebrations begin getting all your chores done, so you don’t have to worry about them later on.
You Can Always Help With Volunteering
Offer your services at a soup kitchen or a mental health helpline; you never know, it might improve your overall well-being. Try to enjoy the holiday season. It does only come around once a year, and Christmas is a time for being happy. Albeit it has been a tough year, many of you will not want to celebrate. However, there are some silver linings to take from this. For starters, this pandemic has, in a sense, brought us closer to our loved ones and increased our need to protect. If you are ever feeling overwhelmed, open up the discussion, because most likely, someone else is feeling the same way.
Helplines You Can Call
Samaritans: 116 123
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Shelter: 0808 800 4444
How are you spending Christmas in Lockdown? Are you feeling overwhelmed?