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10 Ways to look after your Mental Health this Christmas

10 ways to look after your Mental Health this Christmas


The festive season is a time of joy and spending time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful and lonely times of the year.

It is important to try and remember to look after your mental health and wellbeing during this busy time.

Here are 10 ways to look after yourself and to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Talk about your feelings~ It is sometimes hard to admit that at such an exciting time you don’t actually feel that great, but talking about your feelings can improve your mood and make it easier to deal with the tough times.
  2. Eat well~ everyone overeats at Christmas right? It is time for overindulgence but sometimes what we eat can impact how we feel, too much sugar can have a noticeable effect on your mental health and wellbeing. Everything in moderation is the key!
  3. Keep in touch and reach out~ With lots of plans in place it is easy to become distracted from the support system you have around you, family and friends can make you feel included and cared for. Enjoy this time to catch up with those close to you.
  4. Take a break~ Re-engergise by giving yourself a break or change of scene. Mindfulness can help you to relax and unwind visit bemindful.co.uk for more information.
  5. Accept who you are~ If you have mental health problems don’t feel pressured to do more than you feel up to. Christmas is just one day of the year so whether alone or with others celebrate who you are.
  6. Keep active~ The cold weather and shorter days are not the greatest motivation for getting up and going for a 5K run, but research shows that doing exercise releases chemicals in your body that can make you feel good, boost your self- esteem and help you concentrate and sleep better too. Exercise also keeps your brain and other vital organs healthy.
  7. Drink Sensibly~ Some people drink to deal with fear, loneliness or depression but the effect is only ever temporary. Christmas parties encourage socialising and it can be easy to get carried away. It is important to look after your wellbeing for more information visit https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/.
  8. Ask for help~ We can all get overwhelmed at how we feel, especially when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you in the next couple of weeks and you feel you can’t cope then DO ask for help see our need help now section https://www.keep-your-head.com/cyp/CP-MHS/need-help-now/what-to-do-if-you-or-someone-else-is-in-crisis
  9. Do something you are good at ~What do you enjoy doing? Enjoying yourself helps to beat stress, as busy as the festive season gets try to keep up with the activities and the hobbies you enjoy all year round.
  10. Care for others~ Present buying is not the only way of showing that we care for others. Christmas time is the perfect time to reach out to loved ones that you may not have spent much time with over the year. Caring for others is an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you, it can bring you closer and make you feel good!



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