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Christmas can affect our mental health in lots of different ways. This could be if Christmas is part of your life, or if it’s happening around you. It’s a time of year that often puts extra pressure on us.

If Christmas is a hard time for you, it’s important to┬áremember that you are not alone.

Coping with mental health during Christmas can be challenging. Here are some simple strategies that might help:

  1. Set realistic expectations: Don’t put pressure on yourself to create the perfect holiday. Focus on creating a meaningful and manageable celebration.
  2. Take breaks: Allow yourself some time alone if you start feeling overwhelmed. Taking short breaks can help you recharge and manage stress.
  3. Practice self-care: Prioritise activities that promote your wellbeing, such as exercise, healthy eating, and enough sleep.
  4. Reach out for support: Talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or mental health professional, sharing your feelings can provide relief.
  5. Manage your finances: Set a budget for gifts and celebrations to avoid financial stress. Remember, the holidays are about spending time with loved ones, not the cost of gifts.
  6. Plan ahead: Create a schedule to manage your time effectively and avoid last-minute stress. Prioritise your tasks and focus on what’s most important to you.
  7. Avoid overindulging: Be mindful of your alcohol and food consumption. Overindulgence can affect your mood and exacerbate feelings of anxiety or depression.
  8. Practice gratitude: Focus on the positive aspects of the holiday season. Reflect on what you’re grateful for and try to spread joy to others.

Remember that it’s okay to not feel festive during the holidays. Be kind to yourself and prioritise your wellbeing above all else. If your mental health concerns persist, consider reaching out to a mental health professional for additional support.