Christmas Mental Health and Wellbeing Tips

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.’ 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 problems

Tina McGuffest selling author, mental health & eating disorder advocate.  She shares her lived experience of what it’s like to be a single parent with four children and living in poverty over the festive period.

We share Tina’s story

Loneliness also affects 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.

Here are just a few ideas 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



Find out how counselling has helped others

The 4th February was Time to Talk day and we shared a conversation we had with a young woman who found help and support through counselling following her ongoing experience with mental health concerns since her teens. She describes her battle during her mid-twenties when she developed what doctors diagnosed as chronic fatigue and post-viral fatigue syndrome. She sought a range of methods to help her recover, but it was only when she visited a counsellor did she find the most useful remedy.

Read her full story here.

Coming soon…

Please check this section soon to find really helpful tips and fact sheets about every day concerns, such as living with depression, managing stress and how to stay fit and healthy.

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