Research shows Christmas is considered one of the most stressful life events, along with divorce, moving house and changing jobs. Although Christmas is joyous for many, it is important to remember that it can be a tough time for others. It can bring mixed emotions and can often leave you feeling overwhelmed, unhappy or sad.
Looking after ourselves through the holiday period is essential and here are some things that may work for you:
- Stay connected to your loves ones, family and friends and if you are struggling or distressed reach out for support.
- Try to have a plan that will work for you so that you don’t get overwhelmed by others activities or demands. It is okay to say “no” when you need to.
- Give yourself permission to slow down and rest. Take time to rest, reset and recover. Be sure to get enough sleep and avoid taking devices (phones and laptops) into the room with you.
- Remember, everything in moderation (including moderation!) Try your best to eat well and drink alcohol responsibly
- Spend some time outside and connect with the outdoors
- remember to wear a mask (if required in crowded situations – in these times of COVID)
- Be kind and compassionate to yourself and others !
Many emergency first respondents will be working to help keep individuals and communities safe. Please take a few moments over the holiday season to remember them and their families.