Mental health at the best of times is incredibly difficult, and if you have ever been through it, you will understand how difficult it can be, and Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, everyone is happy, spending time with their families but in reality it can be an emotionally dark time for a lot of people. So how do you cope? Well I have a few different ways of coping at the festive time?
Christmas is a beautiful time of year don’t get me wrong, but it is so difficult for people with mental health difficulties, there is people singing songs of happiness but a lot of the time that doesn’t make you feel any better emotionally!
Triggers are practically everywhere and being around your family/friends and loved ones can make it equally difficult to hide how you’re really feeling. So how do I deal with my mental health at Christmas?
I’m lucky that I have such a supportive family and in laws because they can see when things get too much for me, but it is important to be honest with yourself about how you’re feeling. If you’re feeling overwhelmed? Take a step away from all the hustle and bustle of present opening and rushing around, go outside, take a deep breath, imagine your safe space – what can you hear, smell, think of everything that makes you feel calm about this place.
Talk to the people around you, honestly your family and friends love and care about you, they would want to know if you’re struggling. I know that might sound difficult and trust me it isn’t easy but admitting something is wrong is the first and most important step.
If you’re feeling low which is what I have been feeling recently, know that it will get better soon, take it one moment at a time, surround yourself with the people you love and care about, focus on making yourself feel comfortable this Christmas.
One book that is really helping me right now is Ruby Wax’s book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, it is so good & it is something that is really helping me right now! *
Never forget that you’re not alone in this. People always feel like they have to struggle through Christmas alone, trust me, there are people who are feeling the same, and people to speak to.
You are strong, you are fabulous, you will get through this.
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