Need A Sprinkle Of Christmas Reassurance? We Got You!

24th December, 2021 in Mental Health

3 Tips To Help You On Christmas Day

Christmas can we a challenging time for many of us. Here's some reassurance to help you throughout the Christmas period.

1. Feeling Pressure On The Day

If there’s one thing we’ve clocked about Christmas, it’s that there is an awful lot of pressure put on the day. We spend weeks and weeks building up to ‘the big day’ that when we get there, we feel disappointed and underwhelmed. This is totally normal!

You are absolutely allowed to feel whatever it is you are feeling. Your emotions are completely valid. Just because it’s Christmas day, it doesn’t mean you are not allowed to feel down, stressed, or overwhelmed. Try and rid yourself from that classic ‘Christmas guilt’ and find reassurance in the knowledge that so many other people are feeling the same as you are today. And remember, social media is only a snapshot of the good bits!

2. Help With Family

Over the Christmas period, many of us are put in unavoidable social situations which can feel uncomfortable, especially if they concern family members. If you are aware of a person who tends to ask questions that make you feel uncomfortable, try and plan somethings you can say in response. Something like, “I appreciate your concern but I’d rather not talk about that today” is a great way to assert a healthy boundary. It’s OK to tell someone you don’t want to talk about something, you do not owe anyone anything.

Socialising can be exhausting so listen to your body and give yourself what you need. If you need some space, take yourself away for a little while. Try getting outside, sitting with the emotion and breathing through it.

If there’s someone who you are particularly worried about interacting with, share your feelings with a trusted friend or family member so they can understand how you’re feeling and support you. If this isn’t possible, The Samaritans are an excellent service who are open throughout the Christmas period. Take yourself away for a few moments and have a chat about how you’re feeling, call 116 123 for free.

3. If You're On Your Own

Many people are spending Christmas alone this year, so even if you do feel lonely, remember that you are not alone.

Think about the things you enjoy doing when you’re on your own. Do you like listening to a certain type of music? Do you like making art? How about a trashy TV show you enjoy? What about getting out into nature? Although these may sound trivial, planning little things that you enjoy passes the time and makes the day feel more purposeful.

If you haven’t already, schedule in a video/phone call on Christmas Day with family or friends. If this isn’t possible, why not chat to one of the wonderful people at The Samaritans, that is what they are there for after all! Remember, Christmas isn’t just about the day. There are plenty of exciting things you can do in the New Year so try planning something fun.