Tuesday, 12 December 2023
Christmas for many is a season of hope and celebration, but it can often feel overwhelming.
There are wall-to-wall picture-perfect moments on social media that can make us feel worse if we are already struggling.
Remember that social media is not real. You only see what people want you to see and no one’s life is perfect. When we compare ourselves to these images and other people’s lives, it can stir up anxious feelings.
Here are a few things you can do over the break to mind your mental health.
Social Media Detox
Take a break! Dedicate 15-30 minutes each day to do something that brings you joy values, instead of scrolling through your feeds. Do some crafting, read a book or play a video game. These little breaks can make a big difference in how you feel.
Writing down your thoughts can be incredibly useful. It can help you understand your feelings better. Remember, your journal is a private space just for you. Each day, try writing down three positive things that happened or things you’re grateful for.
Remember, even on tough days, there’s always something good to find.
Physical activity is great for boosting your mood and easing anxiety, thanks to the endorphins it releases. And it’s even better if you can get outside and get some natural sunlight, even on cloudy days. Find an activity that you enjoy, whether it’s walking, cycling, or something else. It’s all about what makes you feel good.
Reach out to a friend for a chat, maybe someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Or plan to meet up for a walk or a coffee. Connecting with others can lift your spirits, strengthen friendships, and help us feel more connected.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to contribute to your community, especially during the Christmas season. It’s not only beneficial for those you help but also for your own well-being. It makes you feel more connected and fulfilled. Think about causes or organisations that you’re passionate about and see how you can lend a hand. They’ll be delighted to have your support!