Beat the Christmas Blues. Our top tips to keep you feeling cheery this festive season
For most, the festive season is a cheerful and happy time. But, for others, it can be a time that brings feelings of loneliness and sadness. Mental health charity, Mind, suggest that feelings of isolation and loneliness can be especially challenging at Christmas - a survey by Samaritans found that half of us try to hide our feelings of sadness over the Christmas period.
It may be difficult to feel festive when you’re feeling blue, but try our tips and advice to help make this Christmas season a little cheerier.
Make time to socialise
With the hustle, bustle and stress of the festive season, we encourage you to step back and remember the true spirit of Christmas. Spending time with those around you can help bring joy and laughter or even just a welcome distraction when you’re not feeling your best. Why not reach out to an old friend, or find a festive activity to get involved in. Whatever you do, make sure to schedule in some time to socialise, so you can celebrate Christmas with a smile.
Turn your focus to others
According to the Mental Health Foundation, helping others worse off than yourself at Christmas can improve the way that you feel. Lots of charities look for volunteers around Christmas and if you are unable to spend time with loved ones, it could be a great way to surround yourself with people who genuinely appreciate your help.
Ask your local homeless shelter, or see if there are any elderly people who would appreciate a chat and a cup of tea - it will brighten their day, and make you feel like you’ve achieved something worthwhile.
Get up and get out
Although you may not feel like it, getting up and out of the house can improve the way that you’re feeling. Encouraging yourself to leave your home, whether that's to grab a coffee or nip out to the shops can have a positive effect on your mental well-being. You never know, you may meet someone who is feeling the same.
If you don’t feel like socialising, try heading out for a wintery walk. Exercise is proven to make you feel good, all thanks to those endorphins! So, grab your warmest coat, get on your comfiest walking shoes and go out to explore.
Do things you love
Christmas may be the busiest time of year, but you can still make time to do what you love. Just because it's Christmas and your routine has gone out of the window, it doesn’t mean you need to drop everything - put some time aside for your favourite activities. Whether it’s going to the gym, putting on your favourite Christmas movies or cooking yourself your favourite meal, just an hour of alone time could really help you feel more grounded this winter.
Get enough sleep
An easy way to help with the Christmas blues is to make sure you get enough sleep! Sleeping patterns can go out of the window at Christmas, with parties, excitable children and late night shopping. But ensuring you get a full and restful night sleep is key to keeping up your spirits.
Moreover, feeling tired over the Christmas period can only escalate feeling blue. Try Benenox before bed, so you wake up feeling refreshed, recharged and ready for the festivities ahead.
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