Christmas is almost here. The tree is trimmed; the stockings are hung; the fairy lights are sparkling; and we have the fire going on Netflix…not quite right? Santa will be on his way tonight but it’s normal at this time of year to be lacking in festive cheer. Christmas can be a difficult time for your mental health. It can be especially hard when the people around you are having fun and want you to ‘cheer up’ (which by the way is not a helpful comment to make).
Being joyful and grateful definitely has been harder for me this year as my anxiety has come on ten-fold and my mood has been depressed instead of “merry and bright”. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel what you’re feeling whether it be depressed, fragile, frustrated or overwhelmed.
Here are some tips!
(Not my tweet – brilliant advice courtesy of Matt Haig – who’s also a brilliant author: https://twitter.com/matthaig1?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)
Remember if you need someone to talk to Samaritans are always there (literally they work 24/7). You can call them on 116 12, email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website for more information (samaritans.org ).
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Merry Christmas to all! x