In my advent calendar of psychological and mental well-being tips, we will look together at 24 ways to 'survive and thrive' this Christmas.
These tips can make your month less stressful:-
● help you manage your time and finances better,
● find time for the 'right' people in your life and
● get rid of the negative feelings you associate with this time of the year.
This is your year. You can think ahead, make the changes you have always wanted to make and take control of your 'festive season' and celebrate it in the way you want to.
In days gone by, we celebrated just 12 days of Christmas, starting on the 25th December through to 5th January, but now this has turned into at least 31 days of Christmas starting on the 1st December.
For some, this brings a whole month of enjoyment and excitement, wreath making, matching pyjamas, endless nights out and gatherings, decorating the house inside and out, mulled wine and mince pies. For others, it brings a month of dread, anxiety, loneliness, headache and misery. What happens if you struggle during the 'festive season'? These 31 days can feel like an eternity. Even for those who love Christmas, it can bring stress and can start to affect one's mental health. As with all good advent calendars, there are 24 windows for you to open:-