How to spend the festive season alone

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When we think of Christmas, we often think of how it’s portrayed in the media; a mountain of gifts, banquet of home-cooked food and joyous family get-togethers. But in reality, many people experience a very different Christmas – particularly in 2020 where we’ve all had to adapt to a new version of socialising, work and even daily life.

Regardless of the reasons why, many people will be spending Christmas alone this year. For those of you doing so, we want to demonstrate that spending the day on your own can be a positive experience.

Planning your day

First and foremost, it is important to acknowledge the difference between being alone and being lonely. Understanding this distinction can be pretty significant in itself. Feelings of loneliness or aimlessness may well crop up, but implementing a little structure to your day and planning some activities can help keep those feelings at bay.

Spending Christmas on your own means not having to compromise on what you want to do; you can spend the day exactly how you choose. To keep a bit of structure, why not plan some delicious meals, perhaps treating yourself to something you wouldn’t usually have? Doing this will give you a few points in your day in which you can plan around. From there, build out some fun activities, such as playing a game, watching a film or going for a walk.

Explore what’s on your doorstep

Events and activities may be more limited than usual, but the chances are, there are still plenty of things we can do, see and explore. A Christmas day walk is a tradition for many, and despite the restrictions in place around COVID-19, there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying the great outdoors. Why not go for a walk somewhere you haven’t been before? Wrap up warm, take a flask of your favourite hot drink and get exploring.

Hint: Listening to an audiobook or podcast is a great way to enjoy a walk when you’re on your own.

Staying connected, from afar

This year is unlike any other, and it’s been tough to maintain social contact over the last 12 months. If you’re not able to see loved ones over the festive period, remember that there are still ways to connect with them from afar. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to keep in touch with people digitally.

If you can, it’s an excellent idea to schedule in a video call with friends or family. You could even organise a virtual gift-giving or set up a call when you sit down for Christmas dinner.

Practise self-care

If you’re spending Christmas alone, all the more reason to make the day about you; write yourself a list of self-care activities and dedicate the time to indulge in every one of them. When we think of self-care, it’s often bubble baths and ice cream, but in reality, self-care is about looking after yourself. That could mean eating well, reading a book or doing some exercise – whatever it is, set the intention to be there for yourself.

How are you spending the festive season? If you have any ideas, please share them with us in the comments below.

And from all of us at Pulse, we wish you a very merry Christmas.

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