The festive season is fast approaching. While this time of year can be a celebration for some, it can also be quite challenging. No matter what this time of year means to you, it’s vital that you feel you can manage your mental health.

Are you worried about spending the big day alone? Have you lost a loved one? or are you worried about everything being perfect? Whatever your concerns are, you can make things a little easier on yourself.

Whether you call this time of year Christmas, Xmas, the holidays, or anything else, most of us feel some kind of pressure. However, we are here for you. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Spending Time With People?

Will you be spending time with people this year? If you’re feeling anxious about it, here’s what you can do:

  • Talk to someone about how you’re feeling – It is ok to mention how you’re feeling. Sometimes just talking about it can make things seem better. 
  • Plan topics of conversation – Talk about plans for 2021, New Year’s resolutions, or what the person you’re talking to plans to do during the festive season.
  • Have a plan to deal with anxiety attacks – You could leave the room and take deep breaths, or step outside for a few minutes.
  • Be kind to yourself – Remember, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. 

Spending Time Alone? 

Will you be on your own during the festive season? Here are a few things that can help you to feel happier:

  • Do whatever makes you happy –  Spend time doing the things you love as they can help you to feel better. 
  • Do something for other people – This can help you to feel more positive while also helping others. 
  • Talk to someone about how you’re feeling – Talk to a friend or family member, give someone a call, or talk to someone online, all of these options can really help. 
  • Look after yourself – Try not to take on too much. Eat and sleep well, stay active, and look after you. You’re more likely to enjoy yourself if you do. 

Dealing with Bereavement?

  • Talk to someone that you can trust – Talk to them about the person or people you’re missing. The more you talk about them, the easier it becomes. 
  • Speak about the person you’re missing – Look for opportunities where you can talk about the person or people you have lost. When you talk to someone the person you lost it helps you to cope with it a little easier. 
  • Think about all of those great memories – Think about the good times you had together, especially at this time of the year. You are allowed to celebrate those good times. 

Look After your Mental Health

  • Make time for you – If you’re feeling overwhelmed, make time for you. Do something for yourself and don’t be afraid to turn down invitations if they won’t be good for you. 
  • Try to remain active – Don’t forget that it’s still good to exercise. Exercising releases those happy chemicals in your brain. 
  • Eat and drink mindfully – Many people eat a little too much at this time of year. This is ok if it’s done in moderation. Eating and drinking can change how we feel, so try to be mindful. 
  • Know that it’s ok to ask for help – There is always someone ready to listen. Whether you want to look for help in Stillingfleet, or the surrounding areas, you’re not alone. You can speak to friends, a member of your family, your doctor, or someone from a local charity. 

Want a bit more information about how you can look after yourself at this time of year? Here’s a link to an article that could help: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/christmas-and-mental-health/christmas-and-mental-health/

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk