This time of year, with the joyous celebrations and cheerful gatherings, can also bring about stress and challenges that impact our mental wellbeing. As the year draws to a close, it’s essential to prioritise self-care to help cultivate a positive mindset.
In this blog, we explore practical tips to help you navigate the festive season whilst taking care of your mental health.
Set Realistic Expectations:
The pressure to create the perfect Christmas experience can be overwhelming. Instead of striving for perfection, set realistic expectations for yourself. Understand that not everything will or has to go to plan and that it’s ok to embrace imperfections.
Mindful Time Management:
Plan your schedule mindfully, ensuring that you have time for both festive activities and moments of solitude. Allocate time for activities that make you happy, whether it’s reading a book, taking a walk or practicing mindfulness exercises. We’ve a couple of great books published across at https://10minute-steps.com/ that may be a welcome read!
Financial stress can be a significant contributor to holiday anxiety. Create a budget for gifts, decorations and food to avoid overspending. Consider alternative, meaningful gifts such as experiences or homemade treats that align with your budget.
Stay Physically Active:
Exercise has proven benefits for mental health. Incorporate physical activities into your routine to release endorphins and reduce stress. Whether it’s a brisk walk, yoga class or your usual gym routine, staying active is really key to having a positive impact on your mood.
Connect with Others:
Whilst it’s crucial to set boundaries, maintaining your connections with loved ones is equally essential for mental wellbeing. Surround yourself with those trusted family members or friends that you can share your thoughts and feelings with. Social support at this time of year can really help with challenging times.
Whilst this may not be for everyone, it can be really helpful to create a mindset of gratitude by taking time to reflect on positive aspects of your life. Whether this is by journaling or just a daily ‘gratitude check’, noting the things you are thankful for can shift your mental perspective and improve your overall mood.
Limit your time on social media, especially during the festive season. Comparing your experiences to others can lead to unnecessary feelings of inadequacy. Disconnecting for a while allows you to focus on your own personal experiences and enjoy the present moment.
Seek Professional Support:
If you do find yourself struggling with your mental health during the festive season, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A mental health professional can offer guidance, support and coping strategies tailored specifically to your needs.
We have provided several contact points at the end of this blog should you need to seek emergency support over the festive season.
As you navigate the festive season, prioritise your mental wellbeing by setting realistic expectations, creating boundaries and engaging in activities that you enjoy.
Remember self-care is not selfish. It is a necessary investment in your overall health and wellbeing, meaning you are better placed for those around you.
By implementing simple strategies over the holiday period means you can approach days with a positive mindset and create meaningful memories, not anxiety.
Useful contact numbers:
Samaritans – 116 123 – Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sane – 0300 304 7000 – Saneline is open 4pm to 10pm 365 days of the year.
Surrey Crisis Mental Health Helpline – 0800 915 4644 – open 24 hours, 365 days a year.
Surrey Domestic Abuse Helpine – 01483 776822 9am to 9pm 7 days a week.