At the Foundation we recognise the importance of looking after our 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.’ for many reasons. Instead it can be filled with anxiety and depression and is often an isolating time for people especially those experiencing mental health conditions.
Here’s a great article from the Independent on how to support someone who may be suffering from a mental health issue this Christmas.
Loneliness at Christmas
Loneliness can also affect many of us during the holiday period and 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.
Reach out to someone, it may just be one of the best things that happened to them. A small act of kindness can change someone’s day and perhaps even their entire outlook on life, even if it’s just passing on our details and letting them know there is a charity that can support them.
Find time for yourself
Create your own experiences and happiness. Be indulgent. Pamper yourself and balance your sense of social obligations against your need for self-care.
Here are just some ideas for looking after our mental health and wellbeing and those around us 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
All Foundation centres will be closed over the festive period from the end of Friday 20 December.
All counselling resumes as normal when we re-open on Thursday 2nd January (unless you have been advised differently by your counsellor).
Any new enquiries will be taken in the new year.
If you need support during the Christmas closure you don’t need to suffer alone, you can call the Samaritans at any time on 116 123 or visit their website: samaritans.org.