The holiday season is often a time of joy and excitement, but it can also be a difficult time of year for those experiencing mental health issues. During the Christmas period, people may be reminded of family members no longer with them, financial pressures and loneliness can become more difficult to deal with and the expectations of having a perfect holiday may exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress.
With this in mind, it’s important for us all to focus on looking after our mental health over the Christmas period by taking measures such as speaking to friends and family about how we’re feeling, reaching out for help if needed and remembering that it’s ok to not be ok over Christmas. Taking care of our mental health should be at the forefront of our minds all year round, but especially during the festive period when feelings of exhaustion, sadness or loneliness can be amplified.
Managing the pressure of Christmas can be a challenge for many. You don’t have to go it alone – focus on what you need and seek help if needed. It is important during this period to practice gentle self-care, and remain generous in your approach while understanding that prioritising yourself doesn’t mean letting others down.
Below you can find a video from NHS Leeds and York that has some great tips on looking after your mental health at Christmas.
From all of us here at Primordial Radio, we wish you a wonderful Christmas and remember, you are not alone.
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