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Coping with Christmas

Coping with Christmas

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Christmas can be the most wonderful or the most stressful time of the year, depending on your situation and outlook. Regardless of how you feel about the holiday, it’s clear this year’s Christmas is again going to be challenging.

Minding our mental health and finding ways to cope with any difficulties Christmas 2021 brings up, should be a priority.

In this article you will find:

 

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Space to talk

We need space to talk about what or who’s missing this Christmas and share some of those strong feelings. Doing this can help us to feel better and less alone.

Missing loved ones

For many of us, Christmas is a time of families coming together and celebrating. Phones are put down, differences set aside and relationships renewed.

That said, the new restrictions may make it more difficult for some loved ones to return home. Big family parties will not be possible now too. Visits to older relatives may need to be handled with caution and indoor hospitality, as we knew it, is also disrupted.

It’s OK to acknowledge the disappointment and upset these restrictions may cause. We often hear from young people who feel the need to ‘put on a brave face’ when dealing with losses. They worry about bringing other people down if they express challenging emotions.

However, we need space to talk about what or who’s missing this Christmas and share some of those strong feelings. Doing this can help us to feel better and less alone. Developing patience during difficult, uncertain times can be beneficial too.

Of course, there is Facetime and Zoom for many who cannot be here. Though we should make the most of what we can do, and the people we can be with.

 

Money worries

If money worries are stressing you out, ignoring it won’t alleviate the stress.

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Financial stress

Every year lots of families feel financial strain at Christmas time. The economy has been doing better recently, though there are still challenges with job loss and unemployment. Many young people may not have been able to take on holiday jobs or part-time work.

If money worries are stressing you out, ignoring it won’t alleviate the stress. Talk to someone close to you about your situation to find ways to manage.

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) offer free and confidential advice online and over the phone. Citizens Information also provide a range of information about benefits and entitlements.

Family conflict

While it’s lovely for some, for others, being forced to spend time with family at Christmas is a nightmare. Festivities outside of the home can offer respite. So the fact there will be fewer opportunities under current restrictions to get away, could add extra problems.

Think about your approach to managing family conflict. Focus on the things within your control, such as strategies you can put in place to help you cope with stress.

Remember also, many of the services which support people in relation to domestic violence remain available over Christmas.

 

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