Mental Health Tips for Christmas Time

Christmas brings up lots of mixed emotions. Whether you are dealing with difficult relationships, or struggling with your own mental health, it is important to prioritise your wellbeing during this season. A great way to take care of yourself is to create a wellbeing plan.

In today's blog, I will give you some tips on how to do this:

  1. Set boundaries: Christmas is usually a time where uncomfortable emotions can arise with family. We teach people how to treat us. We do this by allowing people to behave or act a certain way towards us. We let them know what is and isn't acceptable. There can be a tendency to not see boundaries with family as important as work, or other relationships. If you decide to dismiss boundaries with your family, you are allowing them to take all of your emotional energy, which will leave you feeling drained and irritated during the holiday season. Setting boundaries could look like, "Please don't comment on what I am eating", "I would prefer not to discuss this topic". Take time before events to think about what boundaries you would like to set. This will make the whole event a lot more enjoyable!

  2. Don't forget to tend to basic needs: Try to get enough sleep (even if you take cheeky naps when needed), go for a stroll if you feel up to it, stay hydrated, and take some deep breaths and find some space if socialising becomes too much.

  3. Practice mindful drinking: Alcohol can create a false sense of "calm" in the moment, which is why it is so understandable why there is a temptation to gravitate it in stressful times. I encourage you to practice mindful drinking! Your mental health will thank you for it, and it will allow you to be more present with your loved ones.

  4. Know your triggers and how to manage them: You may find yourself feeling triggered over Christmas, whether it's an off handed comment, or even the over stimulation of socialising, have a plan on how to manage it, e.g., set breaks, grounding exercises, etc.

  5. Have a support person: If you are feeling uneasy coming up to Christmas, reach out for support. This can be a difficult time for many, you don't have to go through this alone.

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If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. I offer a free initial consultation to see if I'm the right fit for you.

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