We all have our own way of doing things, different traditions, and different feelings about the holiday time. We may be mourning the loss of some of these traditions this year, or excited about the opportunity to create new ones. All feelings are valid.
If you're one of the carers facing Christmas on your own, or feeling like you're on your own, know that you're not on your own. You can join our community of unpaid carers to stay connected and our Mobilise team will be here for you.
Our regular cuppa attendees have shared different ways we can make Christmas Day that bit easier, fun, and that bit more special.
Carers' Top Tips
1. If cooking feels like too much grab an alternative
Grab yourself a Tesco* Meal Deal for 2! It's £35 and a great way to avoid the high effort on a meal, that won’t always be eaten. Oh, and it comes with Champagne! (Other supermarkets may also have offers.)
2. Connecting with others
Having a couple of people to call, especially if they're also on their own, really lifts spirits. Both mine and theirs!
3. Treat ourselves
Buy ourselves a lovely gift - maybe something to pamper ourselves on the day, or a new DVD box set to indulge in!
4. Buy indulgent food!
Continuing with the theme of treating yourself! Maybe it's the Tesco meal deal mentioned above? Or a yummy cheese board? Or some salted caramel? What's your favourite? I think mine has to be the cheese! And then savour it! Really enjoy it!
It can really lift the mood of the room, and build a sense of occasion. But if that's too much, even just a lovely scented candle can make the room feel nicer.
6. Pop tunes on!
And no, they don't have to be Christmas tunes! Get in the present wrapping mood, with a great playlist and our favourite drink. Maybe light a candle too! Music can really enhance our mood.
7. Ignore external expectations
There is no definition of what a 'good Christmas' should look like. It's no one else's business how we choose to spend our Christmas. Don't let other people's expectations pressurise you. You're allowed to make the best decisions for you and your household.
8. Go with the flow
When life has a tendency to throw you curveballs, it can be liberating to be flexible. To go with the flow, rather than to resist. For those of us familiar with Tai Chi, we'll know that there is great power in yielding, rather than fighting and resisting.
9. Look out for opportunities to chat
In the run up to Christmas, some supermarkets like Asda have a "happy to chat" scheme, where staff can stop and chat for 15 minutes.
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