Christmas is just around the corner. Some people might be looking forward to celebrating Christmas, others might find it quite challenging. Whether you love it or loathe this time of year, it’s important that you feel able to manage your mental health. 

  • Are you worried about things not being perfect?
  • Will you be spending the day on your own?
  • Have you recently lost someone you love and you’re worried about not coping?

Regardless of what might be concerning you, you can make things easier on yourself. However, if you’re struggling you should know you’re not alone. 

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 Alone

Many people spend time alone over Christmas. For some it’s a choice, for others, it isn’t.

If you’re spending time on your own over the festive period there are a few things you can do to help yourself feel better:

– Do what makes you happy 

Spend the festive season doing what you love. This can help you to feel happier. Whether it involves watching television all day, phoning friends, or going for a walk, do what you love. 

– Help other people 

Helping other people can help you to feel better. Why not consider volunteering over the Christmas period?

– Look after yourself 

No matter what your plans are, try not to do too much. Make sure you get enough sleep and you stay active. Eat well and drink sensibly and you’re more likely to have fun. 

– Talk about how you’re feeling 

Surviving Christmas might involve you getting through the day a few hours at a time. This time of year can be hard for many people. However, it’s important that you talk about how you’re feeling. Talk to people online or call someone. Tell them how you’re feeling as even just expressing what you’re going through can help. 

Spending Time With Others

If you’re feeling anxious about spending time with others here’s what you can do:

– Plan how you’re going to deal with your anxiety 

You could take deep breaths in another room if it helps. Alternatively, you could go outside for a few moments. 

– Talk about how you’re feeling 

It’s important that you talk about how you’re feeling. Talk to people online or call someone. Tell them how you’re feeling as even just expressing what you’re going through can help. 

– Plan a few topics of conversation

Talk about your plans for the festive, your New Year’s resolutions, or your plans for 2021.

Remembering a Loved One 

It can be hard to enjoy the festive season if you’re missing someone. However, you can make things a little easier on yourself. 

– Tell someone how you’re feeling 

Talk to someone you can trust. Sometimes talking about the person you’re missing can make things seem a little easier. 

– Talk about the person you’re missing 

When you talk about someone you miss, it helps you to cope with the loss. Look for opportunities to talk about them. 

– Think about the good times 

It’s ok for you to think about the good times. You can even celebrate those good times if you wish. If you find things particularly hard this link could help.

Looking After Your Mental Health 

Looking after your mental health can be hard, but here’s what you can do to make yourself feel better:

– Make time for yourself

If you are feeling overwhelmed, put some time aside for you. You don’t have to visit other people if you’re not feeling up to it or you’re not sure it’ll good for you. 

– Stay active

Exercising releases happy chemicals in your brain and can help you to feel better about the world. 

– Be mindful when you eat and drink

Eating and drinking can change how we feel, so try to do both in moderation

– Realise it’s ok to ask for help

There is always someone out there who is ready to listen. You are not alone. You can talk to friends, someone from a local charity, your doctor, or a family member.

There is always help available should you need it. 

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