Although the festive period can be an exciting and joyful time of year, it can also be hectic, anxiety-inducing and lonely for some.
For twelve days during the festive season I’m offering my tips for coping at this time of year, from Lowering expectations to Nourishing your body.
I hope that my tips may bring comfort and reassurance to others. After all, we must take care of our mental health year-round.
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The festive season puts pressure on the finances. A simple way to keep the bills down is to give edible presents. Not only are they well received by all generations but also it solves the what-to-eat dilemma.
Don’t stress if you are last minute shopping. I try and avoid the busy streets and department stores. Finding gifts from small independent shops can be cheaper and often more unique.
I find personal gifts are much better received than expensive gifts. Why not create a box of favourite confectionery for a loved one? It’s thoughtful but inexpensive. An elegant notebook and pen are well received by friends, family or colleagues of mine. Also, I can pick them up easily without spending a huge amount. Books are also a great present, and quite fun to choose. A trip to the bookshop can also be a relaxing outing, it’s quiet and you can take your time (if you have it!).