Local counselling charity shares the gift of talking therapy at St Albans Christmas Lights Switch on

November 28, 2017 1:24 pm Published by

Local counselling charity shares the gift of talking therapy at St Albans Christmas Lights Switch on

Local counselling charity, The Counselling Foundation were delighted to be at the St Albans Christmas market launch, alongside many other stalls which marks the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

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The charity were on hand to share tips on how to look after your mental health over the festive period.  The event provided an opportunity for the Foundation’s staff and students to make a difference by taking and engaging with people in the community.

Angela Pask, Marketing Officer said “At the Foundation we recognise the importance of looking after your mental health and well being especially over the festive period and understand that for many of us, it is far from ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ Instead it can be filled with anxiety and depression and is often an isolating time for people especially those experiencing mental health problems and we were encouraged by the fact that so many people visited our stall for information about our counselling and counselling training services.”

Loneliness during the holiday period is often associated with older people, but new research has revealed that millennials also struggle not only with isolation but stress and anxiety during what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year. It is a fact that face-to-face communication and interaction has been shown to improve our mental and physical wellbeing.

The Counselling Foundation have five centres across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire where people can enquire about our affordable counselling and professional counselling training services.

Tips for looking after mental health and wellbeing throughout the festive period.

  • Caring for others is an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together and make you feel good
  • If you’re struggling, remember it is important to talk about your feelings
  • Make sure you have time to switch off from work and relax – try not to check work emails unless it’s really necessary
  • Try to limit alcohol consumption; alcohol is a depressant and drinking excessive amounts can cause low mood and irritability
  • Stay active – release those endorphins; go for a cycle, winter walk or jog. ice skating.  Being active, will help you to relax, feel happy, boost your mood and improve your self-esteem
  • Consider volunteering for a charity or local community organisation that can provide you with essential human contact
  • Use Christmas as an opportunity to re-connect with friends and family you haven’t heard from for a while; with a card, email or phone call

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