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?