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Christmas and Navigating Your Mental Health and Wellness

06 December 2023

Christmas, while often portrayed as a time of joy and celebration, can also bring unique challenges to our mental health. Managing mental health difficulties during Christmas requires a thoughtful approach to ensure a balance between festive cheer and self-care.

Over the Christmas period, it can help to establish boundaries with our friends and family. Prioritise self-care when we can and it can help to let others know our need for time alone or that we may need to say no to some social gatherings. 

Trying to stick to a routine that includes regular sleep, exercise, and balanced nutrition can also play a significant role in maintaining overall mental well-being.

If you can, identify a trusted friend or family member who you can share your feelings with. Having a support system and sharing how you feel with someone can start to decrease stress.

We can all get carried away with spending at Christmas, I can certainly relate to this - being mindful of your budget can help to avoid unnecessary stress. Consider if there are alternative ways to express your love and appreciation for a loved one that doesn’t involve excessive spending.

Take time to reflect on the past year and set realistic goals for the upcoming one. This can help instil a sense of purpose and direction, contributing positively to your mental health.

Remember, Christmas time is unique for everyone, and prioritizing your mental health is a valuable gift to yourself. By implementing these strategies, you can navigate the festive season with greater resilience and well-being.

If needed, don’t hesitate to reach out to mental health professionals. We can provide guidance and support tailored to your specific challenges.

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