Posted: 21 November 2019

Looking after your well-being at Christmas

Christmas can be a very difficult time of year for a lot of people, especially young people struggling with serious issues.

Almost half a million children with mental health problems like anxiety or depression won’t feel able to ask for help this Christmas. 

We caught up with one of our well-being practitioners who shares her top tips for looking after personal well-being during the festive period.  

Top tips for looking after personal well-being at Christmas

Don't pressure yourself

Christmas is a difficult time of year and it’s okay not to enjoy it all the time. Don't put pressure on yourself, be kind to yourself and allow yourself to feel what you feel. 

Distract yourself

If you're finding a situation difficult, try counting to ten in your head. Distract yourself from difficult emotions by looking for twenty things around the room that are a certain colour. For example, look around to find twenty things that are green.

Ask for help

Don’t forget to ask for help if things get tough. There are services whose helplines will be open over Christmas if you need someone external to talk to. Samaritans helpline is open over Christmas and the Childline website has a lot of useful resources and contact information.  

Keep doing things you enjoy

Plan ahead to think about all the things that make you happy and make sure they are accessible wherever you are over Christmas. Whether that’s listening to music on your phone, watching movies, doing colouring, or painting your nails, make sure you have what you need to engage in these activities to lift your mood when things get tough.

It's important to understand that Christmas can be a difficult time for many children and young people. For them Christmas is broken, but their spirits don't have to be - show them you're listening. 

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