5 ways to cheer up a loved one who is isolating this Christmas

By Katy Thornton

December 23, 2021 at 5:31pm

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Unfortunately this year will see many people restricting movements, or isolating on Christmas Day.

We all hoped that this Christmas would be different. Sadly, with Omicron now the dominant variant in Ireland, with high transmissibility, many will spend this Christmas either restricting movements, or isolating. It seems there isn't one person who doesn't know someone who currently has Covid-19, or is a close contact of a positive case. You may even find you have a loved one isolating in the house with you. If you're looking for ways to cheer them up, here's just a few that might help.

1. Video Call

I know, we're all sick of Zoom calls. We've been sick of Zoom calls since as far back as April 2020, when Zoom quizzes and "virtual pubs" quickly lost their sparkle. But if you have a loved one isolating currently, it is important to stay connected to them in any way you can. Offer to call, even if it's just a phone call and not over video. They will feel so much better once they have spoken to you. On Christmas Day, set up a video call for when you're opening presents, or eating Christmas dinner, so they feel as included as possible.

2. Watch a movie together, remotely

Streaming sites like Netflix and Disney Plus have a handy shared party feature, where you can sync up a movie or a television show and watch it with another person. This means you're still partaking in a shared activity with your isolated family member or friend, and they might not feel quite so alone. If you love watching Christmas movies together, this may be the perfect option.

3. Send them a little something

You don't need to spend much to let someone know you're thinking of them. Drop in some sweets, chocolate, a selection box, or a card if possible. If you have the funds, send them a voucher for their favourite restaurant, or their favourite shop. They might need an extra reminder that they are special right now, and a small but thoughtful gift could go a long way in achieving that.

4. Just listen to them

It's sometimes hard to see a loved one upset. It can be easy to try to make everything seem happy and positive, or brush any bad feelings under the carpet. One of the best things you can do for them is let them vent and express how they're feeling, and letting them know their feelings are valid. At the end of the day they will be disappointed to miss out on a "normal" Christmas, and it's important they get a chance to talk about how they feel.

5. Make future plans

Discuss what you will get up to once they're out of isolation. Make plans for January, talk about fun trips, or places you want to visit. The isolation period can seem so long, but it's important your loved one knows it's not forever. There's lots to be excited about after Christmas - if Christmas is their favourite thing, why not have a late Christmas dinner? No one said you can't enjoy turkey and ham on any odd day of the year!

No matter how you're spending Christmas, we hope you stay safe and healthy, and if you're isolating, know you're not alone! If you're really struggling, there are tons of helplines that can get you through this tough period.

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