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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Many of us feel lonelier during the festive season than any other time of year. Reaching out to others with a simple message, Christmas card, phone call or cup of tea can remind us we are not alone. Mental health charity SANE has an emotional support helpline that is open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.
Not everyone enjoys Christmas and many people find it difficult. Remembering that is important – when I feel like others can relate to me, feelings of loneliness and isolation are reduced. Reach out to someone else, maybe someone you think is struggling as many people are feeling the same way.