Christmas may be a jolly time of year for many, however, that’s not always the case. Especially when you consider pressure to spend a lot of money or if you’re feeling a bit left out of the celebrations.
Independent Age have a few suggestions to hopefully make your Christmas less stressful this year. For instance, they advise writing out a gift budget and sticking to it – spending only what you can afford.
If you’ll be spending Christmas on your own and you’re worried about that, think about what might help. If you’d like a bit of company, see if there are any local events you can attend, such as carol services or Christmas lunches. Community Christmas lists events (0800 063 9285, communitychristmas.org.uk). Or consider volunteering – a great way to use your skills and meet new people. Search at do-it.org/channels/volunteer-at-christmas or contact local charities.
If, on the other hand, you’re aware that a neighbour or family member is likely to be on their own, why not extend an invite to share Christmas dinner or a mulled wine with them? Or, if someone has suffered a bereavement, be on hand to offer support. The run-up to Christmas and New Year can be a lonelier time of year for some people.
There is help at hand here if you’re looking for more ideas: www.independentage.org/information/advice-guides-factsheets-leaflets/your-guide-to-a-stress-free-christmas