Six ways to support your mental health this festive season

The festive season can be challenging, here are 6 points to thrive on

Six ways to support your mental health this festive season

The festive season can be challenging at the best of times, given the flurry of last-minute activities and the pressure to have a wonderful time. This is often exacerbated by feelings of loneliness, and a natural reaction to the loss many have experienced at a time when we are urged to value those around us.

The good news? There’s plenty you can do to boost your mental and emotional wellness at this time:

  1. Release the pressure: the reality is that for some people, this time of year isn’t magical at all – it can be really hard. If you fit into this category, give yourself permission to feel unhappy.
  2. Take care of the basics: all the emotional ‘stuff’ is a lot easier to deal with if your physical wellbeing is taken care of.
  3. Don’t be afraid of disappointing others: accept that you may be able to please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.
  4. Reach out to a professional: the “Join Panda" App provides a great solution in the form of a free-to-download app which makes it possible to access community support; check out information around mental wellness, and even get expert help, anonymously.
  5. Gift yourself: it’s natural to think of others at this time of year, but concentrate on what will help you to remain calm and happy. Do you need some time out – a quiet morning, a meditation, or a walk? Figure out what you need, and take the time to do it.
  6. Plan ahead: try to plan your days to give yourself enough time to recuperate and revive after all the activities and socialising. This will give you a little space to make plans that will be less stressful, like time out to do your hobbies.