Looking after your mental health at Christmas
Are you spending Christmas alone this year ?
With all that’s been ogling on with COVID-19 and the restrictions for some it may feel less stressful to spend time at home. If this is you its ok to spend Christmas and we’ve provided you with some tips on how you can spend your Christmas.
Plan ahead -Planning your day in advance can help manage your stress, so your not feeling overwhelmed on the day. Take some time to plan what you are going to do and how you are going to spend you time, try to incorporate some enjoyable activities to keep you motivated and in good sprits.
Be Mindful – Connecting with your surroundings and bring your awareness to the present moment. You can enjoy your own company in the comfort of your home, connecting with yourself and your emotions. Self acceptance is also a form of mindfulness, if you have made the decision to stay home alone, remember that this is ok and this is not a bad thing. Sometimes being loan for people can bring them inner peace and comfort, 2020 has been a year of many trials and tribulations for many people and as we come to the end it should be a time of peace, gratitude and not judging yourself for any choices you make.
Connect with others – Spending time alone, doesn’t mean you have to isolate yourself and ignore the world around you, it’s healthy to have some alone time and its also healthy and a part of survival and human nature to connect with others. A good way to connect with others, can be by utilising online communication, there are many platforms online that can help you connect with your loved ones even if you may not be physically with them, for example (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp) find the best way for you and stay connected to your support network during the holidays.
Relax – Its Christmas, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to perform or to be perfect. The holidays are time to unwind, refresh and be at peace. Take each moment as it comes and take care of you.