Be kind to yourself & others

In Mental Health by Elena Langtry

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.

Follow the hashtag #12DaysofTakingCare on Twitter for more.

Being kind to others helps us be kind to ourselves. Try and have patience with friends, family & yourself too. I remember that no one needs to be perfect; there is no such thing.

If you are spending the festive season with your family, it can be a challenging time. Something I need to learn and struggle with is patience, with others and myself. Remember people’s actions towards us are rarely personal; it is a stressful time for everyone resulting in all forms of miss-communication. Try and have patience with people, however hard it may be. When I feel irritated, I take a deep breath before I respond. It gives me time to think before I react. 

Recently, psychologists have become increasingly interested in self-compassion and the importance of it for our mental health. It helps to go easy on ourselves and not beat ourselves up over the slightest slip-up. 

I like to practise random acts of kindness, preferably to strangers. When I reach out a helping hand to others it creates gratitude and removes focus from myself. You could spend an afternoon doing some service for those who are in need & it can be good for your mental health too.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, tweet me @RachelKellyNet

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”