Mental Health at Christmas

The lead up to Christmas can be stressful. There is lots of pressure to create the “perfect day” for everyone…

  • Cooking a big meal
  • Seeing family you don’t want to see
  • Feeling isolated and alone
  • Finances
  • Getting presents
  • Making Christmas special

A lot of these things can make the Christmas period not enjoyable.

Use November as a time to recharge before the Christmas period and prepare yourself for the chaos ahead…

  • Get lots of rest
  • Exercise
  • Consider quitting smoking or cutting down on alcohol
  • Start planning now

You may also need to alter those unhealthy expectations…

  • Don’t put pressure on the need to have a perfect day
  • If you have kids, its not about the presents they receive. Spending quality time with them matters more.
  • Reach out to the people you want to reach out to
  • Stay off social media. Don’t compare your Christmas to others.

Here are some top tips on how to relieve the pressure this festive period –

  • Switch off
  • Plan ahead. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed
  • Boundaries. You can say no to things
  • Take time out. This is your time to have a break.
  • Manage relationships.
  • Think of how you will manage difficult dinners or uncomfortable situations
  • Look after yourself
  • Do fun and easy activities with your kids
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Set a budget
  • Start buying presents early
  • Do the things you enjoy

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