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Talk about your feelings

It's hard to admit that at such a festive time of year you don't actually feel that great. But talking about your feelings can improve your mood and make it easier to deal with the tough times.

Do something you're good at

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress.

Ask for help

At times we all get overwhelmed by how we feel, especially when things go wrong.

If things are getting too much for you in the next few weeks and you feel like you can't cope, ask for help. Samaritans are available to speak to all year round - their free helpline number is 116 123 and calls to this number do not appear on phone bills.

Eat well

Christmas is typically a time of overindulgence but what we eat can sometimes impact on how we feel. For example, too much sugar can have a noticeable effect on your mental health and wellbeing in the short and long term. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a little overindulgence but a good tip is to balance this out over the festive period - everything in moderation.

Drink sensibly

Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only ever temporary.

It's great to catch up with friends in the pub - spending time on good relationships is essential for good mental health - but know your limits. It's important to maintain your personal wellbeing, too.

Take a break

The holiday season is a perfect time to take some time out of your day-to-day life and gain some perspective to reflect on the year.

Whether spending time away from home or a stay-cation, re-energise by giving yourself a change of scene or pace. It's good for you!

Keep active

It's no surprise that cold weather and short days are not the greatest motivation to get you out of bed and on a 5k run! But research shows that doing exercise releases chemicals in your body that can make you feel good.

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you to concentrate, sleep and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy. So use that Christmas spirit for physical health as well as mental health - you might even enjoy the crisp air!

Accept who you are

Some of us make people laugh, others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently.

If you have mental health problems, don't feel under pressure to do more than you feel up to this Christmas.

Source:

Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you

 

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