I will keep this post short and simple...
This year will be a little different, Some of us may have lost loved ones this year to this unexpected and relentless virus and for that this Christmas just wont be the same, Some have lost their jobs, meaning children and loved ones may be going without gifts or food or even decorations for their homes, Others may be Self-isolating and are not allowed to see their family and friends over the festive season meaning levels of loneliness will rise, And those on furlough will still be sitting with uncertainty and maybe hesitant to enjoy Christmas for the fear of what the future could bring, and Homeless people will be more at risk with lockdown restrictions in place.
Which ever way we look at it, this Christmas will be different for all of us, and so my gift to you all is that of Compassion.
Be Kind to yourself and to others, Make Christmas about Presence, rather than Presents.
If you go for a walk, say hello to passers by.
If you have a spare plate of food offer it to a lonely neighbour or a homeless person.
If your unable to see family, Call them instead.
If you are alone reach out to a friend
If you know someone alone, reach out to them and send them Christmas wishes.
Sometimes it's enough to know that someone somewhere, is thinking of us.
Every act of kindness releases Hormones that contribute to your mood and overall wellbeing, meaning: The kinder you are the happier you will be.
So I wish you all a safe and blessed Christmas.
And the hope for a bright and better New Year.
For support over the Christmas period please call the Samaritans on 116 123, they are available 24/7 and 365 days of the year.