You can still enjoy all the festivities of the season and get through the Christmas period without too much impact on your health and waistline.
These 10 TOP WELLBEING TIPS will help you to step into the New Year a happier, healthier you…
Talk about your Feelings
It’s hard to admit at Christmas that you don’t actually feel that great.
However, talking about your feelings can improve your mood and make it easier to deal with tough times. Taking charge or ‘self-managing’ your mental wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy is part of that.
We think it is important to create space for these conversations and also worth identifying who you can speak to if you are concerned about your wellbeing.
Eating Well at Christmas
Christmas is typically a time of overindulgence, and what we eat can impact on how we feel. For example, too much sugar can have a noticeable effect on your mental health and wellbeing in the short and long term.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of overindulgence, but a good tip is to balance this out over the festive period – everything in moderation!
Keep in Touch and Reach Out
When putting the finishing touches on holiday plans, we often become distracted from the support systems around us, and lose our footing.
Friends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems. Make time to catch-up.
If alone, or away from family (as many of us will be this year), the Campaign to End Loneliness provides some helpful resources:.
Take a Break
Christmas is the perfect opportunity to take some time out of your day to day life, but Coronavirus restrictions makes that more difficult.
Re-energise by giving yourself a change of scene by getting outside if you can – it’s good for you!
Practicing mindfulness can help you unwind; for more information on how to learn and to take a stress test, visit the BeMindful website.
Accept Who You Are
Some of us make people laugh, others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently.
When you have mental health problems, don’t feel pressured to do more than you feel up to. Remember Christmas is just one day of the year.
So whether alone or with others this Christmas, celebrate who you are.
Keep Active for Christmas Wellbeing
It’s no surprise that cold weather and short days are not the greatest motivation to get you out of bed and on a 5k run! However, research shows that doing exercise releases chemicals in your body that can make you feel good.
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you to concentrate; sleep and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.
So, use that Christmas spirit for physical health as well as mental health – you might even enjoy the crisp air (again everything in moderation).
Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only ever temporary.
It’s very easy to get carried away, especially at Christmas and New year, but know your limits – it’s important to maintain your personal wellbeing too.
For more information on managing alcohol and maintaining a positive Christmas wellbeing then visit the Drink Aware website.
Ask for Help
Donning a Christmas jumper can make us feel pretty special, but none of us are super-human. At times we all get overwhelmed by how we feel, especially when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.
The Samaritans are available all year round, their new free helpline number is 116 123 and calls to this helpline number do not appear on phone bills.
Do Something You’re Good At
What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress.
As busy as the holiday season gets, try and keep up the activities and the hobbies you enjoy all year round.
You could turn these into festive activities, like making gifts, or connecting with friends (even remotely can help), before spending time with family over Christmas.
Care for Others
Present-buying is not the only way of showing that we care about others.
Christmas is the perfect time to reach out to loved ones who you haven’t spent much time with this year; ask how they’ve been and what they holidays.
Caring for others is an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together and make you feel good.
The last couple of years have been challenging for us all, and as a team of self-employed practitioners we’re very grateful for your trust and support.
We are helping more people like you with their pain and injuries at a time when the NHS is scaling back regular services to focus on Covid-19. If you need help with anything over the Christmas period then please get in touch.
THANK YOU! We hope these tips are a helpful contribution to your Christmas wellbeing.
We wish you and yours a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.