Despite the devastation left in the wake of 2020, it sure does seem to have gone quickly. It has been a very different experience for everyone, whether you’ve been bored and restless, or too busy and exhausted. Now is the time to hopefully get the to-do lists out of the way, put your feet up and relax. I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
What Matters To You This Christmas?
We can lose sight of what really matters in the midst of unimportant details and general stresses, from what to buy someone to the queues at the shops or the fight over turkeys in the supermarket. Take some time to let all of this go and centre yourself. Forget the unwritten rules about how Christmas should look, disconnect from the images of perfect festivities on social media and forget the ‘I should’ pressures.
What matters to you? What are your priorities? What do you want this Christmas and New Year to look like? What is important?
Feeling Lonely or Struggling With Mental Health?
Many of us will answer ‘family’ as being one of the most important aspects of Christmas, but sadly there are many going through the holiday season on their own. The pandemic is keeping other families apart too. If you’re feeling alone, please reach out to connect with others online or on the phone. There are Facebook groups worth checking out too for some company and support. If your mental health is suffering, don’t go through it in silence. Call your doctor or a registered charity to speak with someone. You can find a list of UK charity contacts here.
Whether to visit others this Christmas is a difficult decision for many to make. Local government rules need to be obeyed but even if you’re ‘allowed’ to see family it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea. If you can’t be sure everyone that’s meeting up will be Covid-free, then I personally don’t think it’s worth the risk.
I know some people will be skipping Christmas this year or just having a low-key occasion at home, postponing the real celebration to see loved ones and enjoy life once the pandemic is behind us. If you can’t see family or friends this year, technology and the Internet afford us a range of tools and ways to keep in touch so we never have to be alone or miss out.
Holding On To Hope
This year has been disastrous, devastating, frustrating and heartbreaking all in one. I personally have been insanely furious at our Government and peed off with selfish so-called ‘Covidiots’. I’ve felt true fear at likely having the virus myself and worrying I might have passed it on to my parents. I’ve felt the pressure of this year on my shoulders since March, and it’s meant I’ve been incredibly busy. Like most of you reading this, it’s an exhausting year of worry, stress and an abundance of hand washing and anti-bacterial spraying every single thing we bring into the house.
It’s been a year none of us could have envisioned. It’s like nothing we’ve ever known and hopefully nothing we’ll ever know again in future. This can and will end. There is a way through this. Sadly far too many will not get the chance to see those days. Vaccines are just being authorised and administered in some parts of the world. Hang in there, stay safe, and do what you need to do to get yourself and your loved ones through this.
I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that reads, comments, lurks and shares InvisiblyMe posts, and to those of you who follow me on social media. Another year down, and hopefully an exciting year yet to come in 2021.
Merry Christmas From Me To You
To those of you who celebrate Christmas, I’d like to send my very best warm wishes to you and your families. Have the best time possible – make the most of what you have, don’t stress about what you can’t change, focus on what you can do, and remember what’s truly important to you this Christmas.
Further Reading :
- How To Deal With A Chronic Covid Christmas
- December Memes & Funnies To Make You Chuckle
- Tips For Managing Christmas With Chronic Illness