For a lot of people, the Christmas holidays are a time of joy, love and happiness. However, for others, Christmas can be one of the hardest times of the year. Checking up on someone over the Christmas period can mean a lot to someone who’s feeling isolated. Below we have put together four simple ways to be there for someone this festive season.
1. Invite them round for a cuppa
It’s very easy for people to feel lonely over the festive season if they have no loved ones to celebrate with. For somebody going through a tough time, simply being invited out can go a long way to lift their mood. Showing them that you are there for them can not only get them out of the house, but shows them that somebody cares about them and wants to spend time with them.
2. Send them a Christmas card or note
This simple gesture can be very beneficial for somebody feeling the pressure of Christmas time. Receiving a message out of the blue is a pick-me-up for everyone but can mean so much more to someone feeling alone, especially at a time of year where spending time with family and friends is even more common than usual.
3. Make plans with them
At Christmas, there are so many things you and a friend or family member could do! Whether it’s going to a Christmas market or out for dinner you’re still giving them company. Feeling alone at Christmas is very common in those who have nobody else or have had a tough year.
4. Keep in contact
One of the easiest ways to check up on someone is to ask them how they are. If you feel like you want to ask them something different, you could always ask how their day was, or if they have plans for the weekend etc. A simple conversation shows them that you care enough to take the time to reach out to them.
If you know someone that finds Christmas difficult, or you just want to show someone you care, using one of our simple tips can make the world of difference. For more information on how to help someone you think is struggling, take a look at some further advice from Mind about helping somebody else.