It's the most wonderful time of the year... right?
Christmas can be a brilliant time of year; a chance to see family and friends, exchange gifts and have some fun. It can also be a challenging time of year, and can be even more difficult to cope with for those of us with mental health problems, so we've put together some top tips to help cope with the festive season.
Try to be honest with people if you’re finding things overwhelming and you’re not feeling up to getting involved in everything. Don’t be afraid to cancel plans if you’re not feeling up to it. Sometimes you need to put yourself first.
Don't compare yourself and your Christmas with the representations of "perfect" Christmas moments on social media or on adverts. Remember that everyone is only sharing the good bits and that we don't know what is going on behind the scenes.
If you’re someone who has a tendency to take on too much, the demands of Christmas can make this even worse. Remember you can only do so much, stop if it’s becoming too much and just try to relax and look after yourself.
Make sure you're not too house-bound and spend all the time eating and drinking! A brisk walk outside is a nice way to spend time with loved ones, or a day trip somewhere. Things can get quite intense if you’re stuck in the house all the time, and a bit of exercise helps too.
In between all the social arrangements, make sure you have a day to hang out at home in your pyjamas. Christmas is the season of hanging out in your pyjamas.
Make sure you take some time out after Christmas to do something you really want to do, no matter how small. Think about what you want to get out of the Christmas break; don't feel like you have to do or be anything because it's expected.
Our offices will be closed from 23rd December to 2nd January. If you need mental health support or advice during this period, please call: