Slow down

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.

Last minute rushing is stressful, when in this mode our breathing & decision-making can be affected. It helps me to close one nostril with a finger so I breathe at half the rate than normal. Try this when you feel anxiety levels rising.

To-do lists at this time of year can be overwhelming, especially when tasks creep up on you. When I’m in a slight state of panic as a result of rushing I tend to over-think, over-stress and make rash decisions. It’s so useful for me to stop myself, take a moment, evaluate the situation and get my priorities in order. What needs to be done today? What is unnecessary?

Slowing my breathing helps we stay calm. When I try and do too much at once, my breath becomes fast and shallow and my mind feels cloudy. There is actually evidence to say that multitasking is no good. You are better off focusing on one thing at a time.
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“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”