Christmas can be a challenging time for many people, and this year in particular, with the added stress of the ongoing pandemic, it’s important to take care of our mental health. North Somerset Wellbeing has put together some tips for coping at Christmas to help you navigate the season with as much ease as possible.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to not be okay during the holidays. Christmas can bring up a lot of emotions, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed or sad. Give yourself permission to feel whatever you’re feeling, and don’t put pressure on yourself to be constantly merry and bright.
One helpful coping strategy is to set boundaries. If being around certain family members or friends is triggering, it’s okay to limit your time with them or even skip certain gatherings altogether. Putting your mental health first is the most important thing, and it’s okay to prioritize your own well-being.
It’s also important to take care of yourself physically. Christmas can be a time of indulgence, but it’s important to still prioritize healthy eating, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep. Taking care of your body can have a positive impact on your mental health, so try to stick to a routine as much as possible.
If you’re feeling lonely during the holidays, try to reach out to others. Whether it’s through phone calls, video chats, or safely distanced visits, connecting with loved ones can help combat feelings of isolation. If you don’t have anyone to reach out to, consider volunteering or joining a community group to meet new people and feel a sense of belonging.
Finally, don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you’re struggling. Counselling and therapy services are available to support you through difficult times, and there’s no shame in asking for help when you need it. North Somerset Wellbeing offers a range of support services, including counselling and mental health support, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need it.
Overall, coping at Christmas may look different for everyone, and that’s okay. Prioritize your own mental health, set boundaries, take care of yourself physically, reach out to others, and don’t hesitate to seek professional support if you need it. With these tips, you can navigate the holiday season with as much ease as possible. Remember that you’re not alone, and there are resources available to support you through this time.