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Christmas is often seen as a time of joy and happiness and spending time with loved ones. However, this is not the case for everyone. For some people, Christmas is can be a hard time of year where extra support is needed, due to a number of factors, bereavement, loneliness or negative relationships with family members.

Regardless of the reason, there are ways you can cope with the Christmas period and make it that bit easier:

Make Plans
If the thought of a Christmas spent alone feels too much, reach out to other friends or family and make plans over that period. They may not be available on Christmas day but filling that time of year with happy memories will help the time go faster.

Volunteer
A great way to beat the Christmas blues is to give your time back to others. Volunteering provides a positive experience to those less fortunate and yourself. Serving dinner at a soup kitchen or visiting the elderly will keep you from feeling lonely and will really help others on a day that can be difficult for everyone.

Talk to Someone
Sometimes, loneliness or sadness can be unavoidable around the Christmas period. If this is the case, it may be time to reach out and speak to someone. This can be a member of your family or a friend. If you feel like you are greatly effected by this time of year it may be wise to speak to a professional counsellor who can offer you support throughout this time and beyond.

At The Eaves, we have many highly qualified counsellors and psychologists with immediate availability. If you would like to book an appointment with a counsellor please call 01483 917000.

If you feel you are in crisis around this time of year, please reach out to one of the organisations below or go to A&E. The Samaritans are also available 24/7 on 116123.

https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/support-at-christmas/

https://www.samaritans.org/

References

https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-cope-when-you-are-alone-at-christmas-3024301

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/coping-with-christmas