I wonder what you are dreaming of this Christmas…Perhaps a white Christmas. Perhaps a family Christmas. But for some of us, the month of December may feel ‘blue’. The year 2020 has been a year like no other. We have all had to adapt in the midst of great uncertainty. Christmas will look and feel different for most of us. For many, Christmas is normally a time of joy and celebration. Time spent with loved ones over food and drink, perhaps watching some Christmas films and singing along to Christmas songs as they appear on TV adverts. A time to give and receive gifts.
There is an expectation that because it is Christmas that it has to be perfect and that you have to be happy. For some this has never been how they view Christmas perhaps because of bereavement or a lack of connection to the festive season. For some, Christmas is ‘blue’. A time not of cheer, but quite the opposite.
This year the seasonal festivities will be bittersweet for countless people. Christmas will form part of a season of lament. The loss of loved ones, a job loss, the closure of a business, a loss of simple freedoms such as holidays or meetups with friends and family, dashed hopes or lost dreams for this year. It can be challenging for even the most sunnily disposed individuals to ‘get into the Christmas spirit’ in light of these challenges, trauma and sadness.
At ChaplaincyPlus we have been supporting the wellbeing of people in the business community across Birmingham. Many are feeling tired, weary and struggling to cope. If you find yourself feeling ‘blue’ when it comes to Christmas or are supporting someone who is, our Five Wellbeing Tips below may be of some help:
In our recent ChaplaincyPlus workshop we were offered advice for supporting colleagues at a time of bereavement. Ian Leech, from St Giles Hospice provided a range of useful resources. The video of the workshop and links to the resources are here.
One of the tools is a ‘First Aid toolkit’ to help you capture the things that you enjoy. You can right click the image above to save the image for personal use.
Alternatively if you need a confidential listening ear leading up to Christmas please do get in touch with one of our team who would be pleased to support you: firstname.lastname@example.org.