With millions facing a last-minute cancellation of Christmasplans, and the UK still in the throes of a second wave of coronavirus, festive cheer feels hard to come by. We asked our readers how they stayed upbeat during difficult times.
‘Get outside – the natural world is still plodding on despite us’
“Getting outside grounds you,” said 50-year-old Daisy Edwards, a learning support teacher at a sixth-form college in Hampshire. “Being able to hear the birds is so important. Just seeing things that aren’t affected by coronavirus makes it feel like there will be a time, one day, when we’re not in the midst of all of this.”
Edwards gets outside every day to walk her dogs and often goes for runs too. The fresh air and exercise has helped to distract her from the news. “When you get up in the morning, open a door or a window and listen for a minute,” she said. “The natural world is still plodding on despite us.”
‘Cook, bake, puzzles’
Helen*, a 41-year-old project manager in Essex, said structuring her day and being productive had helped her to cope during the pandemic. “Plan your day. Schedule activities to fill it up and feel like you have a plan,” she said. “It might not appeal to all but it gives you a purpose. Schedule calls to friends, something to cook or bake, some reading time, or even build a puzzle.”