Stick to your normal routine

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.


For many people, a break of routine can heighten anxiety. If you become tense when you feel you should be asleep, try practising muscle relaxation and breathing techniques. 


Try this one below. It seems to work well when I am lying in bed feeling restless. It helps to read through the words a couple of times beforehand to get a feel for what to focus on. In bed, get into a comfortable position. In my mind, I like to start at the top of my body and work down to my toes. 

Thoughts may come and go, and that’s okay. Bring the attention back to your body and continue. Repeat as little or as many times as you like. 
Muscle Relaxation Exercise

Be aware of your head:
my head is heavy, my head is heavy, my head is heavy.

Be aware of your eyelids:
my eyelids are heavy, my eyelids are heavy, my eyelids are heavy.

Be aware of your jaw:
my jaw is heavy, my jaw is heavy, my jaw is heavy.

Be aware of your neck and shoulders:
my neck and shoulders are heavy, my neck and shoulders are heavy, my neck and shoulders are heavy.

Be aware of your heartbeat:
my heartbeat is regular and steady, my heartbeat is regular and steady, my heartbeat is regular and steady.

Be aware of your right arm:
my right arm is heavy, my right arm is heavy, my right arm is heavy.

Be aware of your left arm:
my left arm is heavy, my left arm is heavy, my left arm is heavy.
both my arms are heavy, both my arms are heavy, both my arms are heavy.

Be aware of your stomach:
my stomach is heavy, my stomach is heavy, my stomach is heavy.

Be aware of your right leg:
my right leg is heavy, my right leg is heavy, my right leg is heavy.

Be aware of your left leg:
my left leg is heavy, my left leg is heavy, my left leg is heavy.
both my legs are heavy, both my legs are heavy, both my legs are heavy.
my arms & legs are heavy, my arms & legs are heavy, my arms & legs are heavy.

Be aware of your feet:
my feet are heavy, my feet are heavy, my feet are heavy.

I am calm, relaxed and peaceful.
I am calm, relaxed and peaceful.
I am calm, relaxed and peaceful.

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”