It helps to lower our festive expectations

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.


We can fall into a trap of expecting everything to be perfect & can end up disappointed & low. Especially around present giving, Christmas day & New Year celebrations. Remember to be grateful for the smallest of things. Your effort & that of those around you is enough.


I find it useful to set my priorities straight around the festive period. What’s the one thing I want to achieve at this time of year? For me, it’s time with family. If I can get a few hours of quality time with them over the holidays, and check in with them over a chilly dog walk – that’s enough. 

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”