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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Today is the day when the Christmas break will officially begin for many of us and getting in the ‘festive spirit’ can mean we bite off more than we can chew. Before we know it, we can feel stressed. Remind yourself that there are no obligations – to attend that gathering, hold that party or cook turkey with all the trimmings – there is no ‘right’ way. Your mental health comes first.
Seriously: you know best. Make a list of your own top warning signs that are making you feel stressed and overwhelmed as the big day approaches. Print it out, make a few copies, laminate them and put them in strategic places – on the bathroom mirror, in your bag or next to your desk.