If you’re unable to return home for the festive season this year then don’t worry. We’ve put together a guide on how to cope alone at Christmas.
Christmas is that magical time of the year that everyone wants to spend with their families. The beautiful Christmas tree, the smell of delicious festive food, and the sound of Christmas carols are just some of the features that drive the Holiday spirit. Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, it won’t be possible for everyone to be with their family this Christmas. If you’re one of those people, then don't worry. We’re here to help you and offer some tips to ensure your festive season is still a special and wonderful occasion.
1. Take care of yourself
Christmas time is a great opportunity to chill out and do things that make you happy. You can use the spare time to read books, watch movies, or relax in any way that you want. Pampering yourself with a home spa, bubble bath, and a mask is a great way to refresh your skin and mind. If you fancy getting a bit more active, you can do some home exercises, or sign up for some online classes. Trying yoga or meditation is another great way to unwind and forget about the crazy year we’ve had, giving you balance between body and mind. If you’re not up for too much physical exertion, you can try picking up a new skill or hobby. DIY hobbies, such as crafting, pottery, and embroidery are all fun, practical hobbies; you can even use the opportunity to make gifts for your friends and family!
2. Give your place a festive clean
Cleaning always takes time, so being alone at Christmas could be the perfect opportunity to get ahead. How much you choose to do is entirely up to you; you could go all out on the painting and decorating, or simply give your bedroom and workspace a quick tidy. Make your place cosy and nice for Christmas by buying some plants, putting up photos and hanging up fairy lights. You can even bake some gingerbread to give your house a nice, festive aroma.
Helping others is very important, especially during Christmas time when a lot of people are struggling. You can use your free time to help the homeless by volunteering for a charity or fundraiser. Providing food or blankets could do a world of good for them. You could also buy presents for underprivileged children, via charities such as the Action for Children Secret Santa.
If you want to still be able to spend some time with other people, you can volunteer at a shelter or food bank. This will be a really rewarding experience for you as well as the people you help.
4. Personal development
You could use the break in your studies to develop other useful skills. With all the online courses and webinars out there, many of which are free, there are plenty of opportunities to develop new talents. Boost your employability by trying to pick up a new language, or learning how to teach English as a foreign language. With accessible apps like Duolingo out there, broadening your linguistic horizons has never been easier.
5. Pick up some extra shifts at work
If you’re employed in the same area where you’re spending Christmas, you could use the opportunity to save for the upcoming term without negatively impacting your study routine. If you’re good friends with your colleagues, doing this also means you’ll be able to support each other and spend the festive period around people you like.
While we’d all rather be with our families during the festive season, it doesn’t mean that Christmas will be ruined if this isn’t possible. As well as following these tips, do make sure to check in with your family via Zoom or Facetime if you’re able to do so. And remember to take care of yourself.
Merry Christmas everyone!
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