Sadly, mental health does not take a break or a holiday when we do, it is always there… with some days being worse than others.
It is important to remember to look after yourself (and others), all year round. It is okay if you are not feeling festive and sociable!
Some helpful reminders during the festive season:
You can still say no. Just because it is Christmas does not mean you should be forced to join in, or do things that you are not feeling up to. Maybe try setting some boundaries – let people know what you feel comfortable with.
It is okay to eat as much or as little as you want! No matter what anyone else says.
It is okay to take a step back if you need it. If you need a minute, away from all the Christmas chaos, take yourself to a quieter area of the house, make yourself a brew, step outside and take some deep breaths… and don’t feel guilty for needing to do so.
There is no such thing as a ‘perfect Christmas’ – On social media and in movies maybe… but in real life… things often do not go as planned! And that is okay.
If you feel as though you have no choice but to join in with all the festive activities that are happening; you could always plan something that you enjoy for afterwards. For example, when all the chaos has simmered down, why not read a book, watch a movie, go for a walk or have a nice hot bath. Something that will help you to destress after a long, exhausting day.
Talk to someone who you trust. If things start to feel like too much, it is nice to be able to tell someone… sometimes simply saying these things out loud can really help!
Remember – Your mental health comes before anything else. It is not selfish, it is necessary.
Some Helpful Resources:
Mind Charity – 0300 123 3393 – Open 10am-6pm weekdays (except bank holidays)
Samaritans – 116 123 – ALWAYS OPEN
CALM – 0800 58 58 58 – Open 5am – Midnight
C.A.L.L (If in Wales) – 0800 132 737 – ALWAYS OPEN
The Mix (If under 25) – 0808 808 4994 – Open 4pm – 11pm
Our inboxes across our social media platforms as well as my personal email are always open. We try to respond as quickly as possible. Please feel free to reach out if you are in need of someone to talk too.
* Please note; we here at SeeTheUniverse are not medical professionals. Although I (Aimee) have some certificates in Mental Health, I cannot diagnose nor treat these illnesses / disorders – however I do understand, and I am always happy to talk and offer support and guidance.
– Aimee@SeetTheUniverse.co.uk –