Mental Health at Christmas
Christmas and Mental Health
We all know Christmas can be a stressful time of year. All the shopping, cooking and running around you have to do. But it can even more stressful for those with mental illness. Not only are you doing all the same stuff as everyone else you’re also trying to force yourself happy every single day. Sometimes the holiday spirit just isn’t there.
Guess what? That’s ok!
Here at Oakwood we want everyone to have the best Christmas possible. So that’s why we’ve scoured the internet to find the best ways to help reduce those stress levels this Christmas.
- Thou shalt not be perfect or even try – Nobody is perfect and that’s ok. Especially at Christmas. Don’t beat yourself up if you forget something. I can assure it’s probably happening in every other home too!
- Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people –
Just like every other time of year, you can’t please everyone at once. Christmas is a time for enjoying yourself. Don’t put everyone else’s happiness before yours!
- Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done – You don’t have to get everything done! So you didn’t make a gingerbread house this year? So what?!
- Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin – People would rather see you for longer later on than a quick call in visit because you’ve got 100 people booked in. People will appreciate your honesty if you say you don’t have time right now.
- Thou shalt learn to say “NO” – Again, you can’t please everybody all the time. If you don’t want to do something, it’s ok to say you don’t want to!
- Thou shalt make time for thyself – Christmas doesn’t have to be about everybody else all the time. Take an hour just to relax doing something you want to do. Take a bath, read a book, catch up on TV shows. Having some me time isn’t selfish. You deserve it!
- Thou shalt learn to switch off and do nothing regularly – You don’t have to be on the go all the time. If you want to spend time with your family, try sitting down and doing nothing together. Put a Christmas film on and let your worries drift away while you all snuggle on the sofa.
- Thou shalt be boring, untidy and unattractive at times – If you’ve been running errands allday and are too tired to tidy the house… Don’t!
- Thou shalt not feel guilty – So you forgot something on your list or didn’t quite make it to see someone today. So what. It’s Christmas and you’ve got enough on your plate without guilt tripping yourself. People will understand – remember rule number 1!
- Thou shalt not be thine own enemy – With all that’s going on this season the last thing you need is you picking on you. Go easy on yourself. Have fun. The people around you will have more fun with you if you’re having fun too.
- there aren’t enough hours in the day
- you can’t think of what day it is
- you haven’t done anything that YOU want to do for ages
- you can’t see too far into the future
Then these commandments are for you! It’s your Christmas too!
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