In this day and age, the world has changed due to a global pandemic and it is difficult to go back to old traditions or to celebrate Christmas properly. That is why we need to adapt and change too in order to survive the lockdown and the new restrictions that Coronavirus is imposing on us. A Christmas without gifts can still be a joyful one.
The holiday season is upon us again, which means that Christmas will be upon us soon as well. However, there are some people who unfortunately cannot partake in the festivities due to the lockdown.
As you can imagine, this can really put a damper on your festive spirit, but don’t worry – we got you covered! We have compiled a list of ways for you to celebrate Christmas during the lockdown at your home so read more and you may just find the right way for you!
Don’t let depression get the best of you this Christmas:
Depression during Christmas time is often caused by social isolation from friends and family members who live far away or are not with you for the holiday due to the quarantine or lockdown. One way that one could help curb this sadness is to find activities that can help you feel more connected again.
Depression and sadness during Christmas time are not a new thing or something specific to covid-19 times. It is has always been a common concern for many people, around this time of the year. Especially because it’s a moment for us to realise that another year has passed and to think about our achievements or failures in life.
Many people find themselves wondering if they’re content with where they’re at, in life, around this specific time of the year. And with your family members seeing you and asking you question about when you’ll get married or if you found a new higher-paying job, Christmas can become devastating for us.
This can lead to increased symptoms of depression like feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness and negative thoughts.
Even before covid-19, about 30% of people used to have at least one bout of depression during the holidays. This was due to a variety of factors like work stress, family issues, loss of loved ones or general anxiety about the future, etc. This could also happen because of the emotional and financial stress that comes with the holiday season.
So one thing that we can do to alleviate depression and sadness during Christmas this year is to find new and different ways to celebrate!
Ways to celebrate Christmas during the lockdown:
With all the school closings, travel restrictions, and other holiday hazards that now came with the Christmas season, it can be difficult to celebrate this holiday during a lockdown. So we bring you a list of ways to do just that, from the comfort of your disinfected little bubble or home!
-Schedule indoors activities that you enjoy.
– Set up times to talk with your family and friends.
-Create new traditions with your family or friends
-Focus on things that bring happiness rather than sadness during this holiday season
– Make Christmas crafts or decorations
– Shop online and with caution and a budget in mind!
– Watching festive movies
– Watching spiritual videos/ meditating
– Singing carols
– Having a family game night with the members of your household
– Watch Christmas-themed movies together
Stay positive during this time:
In a busy world where one has to balance between their social, private and professional lives, it has become increasingly important to find a way to relax, take a little break, stay positive and learn how to cope with stress.
This holiday season, we may have all been given the opportunity to do just that, thanks to the lockdown indeed. If you are one of the people affected by a lockdown in your area or town during the festive times, then try to see the full half of the glass and take this opportunity to reconnect with yourself and find inner peace.
Coronavirus is slowly taking over the world and everyone is encouraged to be positive in this time of uncertainty. But with the emergence of a new variant every time and the introduction of new ways to restrict social life more every once in a while, things have become a lot worse!!
The correct use of social media during these times:
The Christmas season is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, so what can the alternative be if everyone is complaining more since the start of the pandemic. There’s no denial that coronavirus outbreak has made some people struggle with more depression and sadness during this festive time.
Depression and sadness during Christmas means that people are struggling emotionally while they should be enjoying the season. Some are devastated due to the loss of their loved ones to the virus and others are trying to stay positive and find ways and alternatives to cheer up and not fall into depression.
There’s no doubt that the lockdown has caused even more anxiety and stress in many families.
However, the alternative can be that with the increased social media presence of friends and family, we can all see what’s going on in the world around us without having to interact with people in person.
What this means is to resort to social media platforms like Skype or WhatsApp in order to connect with your loved ones that could be in quarantine. And to avoid the use of instagram or snapchat where others may be displaying a fake lifestyle or where they may be partying like there’s no tomorrow. It is important that you keep in mind these people do not live in a different world that is non-affected by covid-19.
It is crucial to realise that these people are most of the time getting paid to show off their lifestyle, which means they will find ways to create and publish content even when their lives look nothing like that in reality. Feelings like envy and jealous could easily be triggered when we start comparing our lives to others on social media, which could affect our mental health even more.
Many people who are experiencing feelings of sadness or depression during the holiday season, turn to social media for support. However, it is best to stay away from it in order to avoid more negativity.
Instead, people should only use the internet to reach out to their loved ones and to talk and connect with them rather than distract themselves by scrolling through their feeds. They could also try watching movies online or using technology in a positive way to bring their mood up rather than watching other people “flex” and show off a lifestyle that even they don’t really have.