This blog was written by Health in Mind and is featured in the Winter Wellbeing 2020 booklet. Download the full booklet for free here – Winter Wellbeing booklet

Losing a loved one, no matter the circumstances is one of the most difficult things that we can go through. It can be even tougher during the festive period when it seems like people are celebrating around you or when restrictions mean that you can’t see your support network.

With all the changes happening due to COVID-19, it’s understandable to miss ‘normal’ life and mourn the loss of what you thought 2020 was going to be. Here are some ideas on how to cope.

Have a plan
Take some time to think about which festivities you feel comfortable participating in, and which ones you don’t. It’s okay to say ‘no’.

Keep a routine and look after yourself
Simple things like sticking to regular sleeping patterns and eating well can positively impact our wellbeing.

Do something to remember your loved one
Thinking about ways you can remember your loved one. You could hang something special on your tree or look at photos.

Ask for help when you need it
It’s okay to ask for help so do try to open up and take the time to connect with those around you, even if it’s online.