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With new strains of COVID emerging across the world, we know that there are many people out there who may be spending Christmas alone and without their families – some may be thanking their lucky stars that the in-laws have to stay where they are, but maybe the idea of Christmas cheer and family quarrels is what was getting you through this rollercoaster of a year. 

We say that it’s time to make the most of it. So what can you do to stay sane at Christmas? Prepare and prepare well. Below is a list of a few suggestions you can use to help you to stay sane during this COVID Christmas.

Manage your expectations

A traditional Christmas time comes along with a whole heap of expectations. There is that present we’ve been dropping hints about all year which we don’t get given. We end up shouldering all the cooking, washing and hosting when we were hoping our partner would chip in a bit – and let’s not even get started on who ends up cleaning up. This year is different – it’s time to make your own ideal Christmas. How does this look?

Relinquish control

You simply aren’t going to be able to control things and keep them the way you want them, especially this year. If you do have your family around you, it’s time to accept that things you can’t anticipate are going to happen anyway. There’s always going to be something that can bother you, if you let it. So decide in advance to let the little things go and stay sane at Christmas. More importantly, don’t allow your happiness and enjoyment of the festive period be conditional upon other people.

Create your own peaceful bubble

Before Christmas events start nibbling away at your tolerance and patience, practice creating an invisible peace bubble. How you envisage your bubble is down to you. The key is for it to be a quiet and safe place of refuge for you. Your peace bubble can be around you at all times, even when politics and religion get thrown into the mix with the third bottle of wine around the dinner table. Simply see yourself in your bubble with a smile on your face. Take a few slow and deep breaths and observe.

Prioritize your Mental Wellbeing

To stay sane at Christmas, there is no better time to start to looking after your mental wellbeing than right now. Meditation might be your method of dealing with the chaos and if it is, make sure you allocate time to meditate at least every day. Furthermore, meditation will help to settle you and re-energise your sense of powerful self. If you don’t already meditate, we highly recommend it.

If you just don’t get the meditation thing, that’s fine. Most importantly make sure you allocate time for yourself, doing whatever it is that makes your day more livable. It might be reading a book, sweating it out in the gym, running along the beachfront during sunrise, taking your dogs for a walk. Do something, whatever it is, that is good for you and makes you feel better than you felt before you did it. And do it every day from now onwards. If you are in a bad place mentally, you can guarantee that your experiences over the festive period are only going to head south if you don’t. So be kind to your mind and look after yourself.