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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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.