It can be really difficult to see what seems like everyone else gearing up and getting excited for Christmas, and Christmas Day can seem like a really daunting prospect when you’re grieving. This year is even more difficult than ever, with current Covid restrictions meaning many families are unable to meet up to celebrate or support each other.

We’ve put together some of our top tips to help you navigate Christmas Day when you’re experiencing grief.

  1. Remember that people have different ways of mourning

Everyone is different, and everyone grieves differently. Conflict can sometimes arise within families when we have expectations of how others should grieve, so try to be sensitive to this and let other people know what is best for you.

  1. Stick to a routine

Christmas can mean that normal routines go out the window, which makes it easier to forget to look after yourself. Aim to stick to your regular routine such as sleeping patterns, and eating times.

  1. Watch your alcohol consumption

Whilst it’s tempting to open a second bottle of wine, its vital to remember that using alcohol is a depressant and can make you feel worse.

  1. Reminisce about the happy times

Christmas can be really difficult when you’re missing a loved one, but try and use it as a special occasion to remember the happy times and great memories you shared.

  1. Avoid social media

Being bombarded with photos and videos of people having a great time can be tough. Try and switch off for the day, head out for a walk, read your favourite book, or watch your favourite film or TV show.

  1. Look after yourself

Do things that make you feel good. That could be taking a bubble bath, going for a run in the park, meditating.

  1. Allow yourself to feel happy

If you do find yourself feeling some joy or happiness this Christmas, don’t feel guilty – it’s healthy and normal. You’re allowed to feel happy and participates in Christmas festivities, it’s often helpful to think about how your loved one would have wanted to you to carry on with your life.

If you are experiencing grief this Christmas, know you are not alone. If you are really struggling, you can also call Samaritans on 116 123.

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