Staying 'Elfy' over Christmas
Christmas and New Year can be a difficult time of year for some of us.
The pressures of celebrating Christmas can be hard to deal with. This time of year can make you feel lonely, sad or worried.
Christmas can be difficult if you struggle with an emotional wellbeing or mental health issue.
With this in mind we have gathered tips and resources to help you look after your wellbeing over Christmas and find support if you need it.
- It's OK to not feel "jolly" just because it's Christmas - don't feel guilty for not being jolly and be mindful telling others to "cheer up" as this can make them feel worse - Read these tips about depresson and low mood at Christmas.
- Don't over do it with the alcohol - it can help us relax but too much can make you feel rubbish. Remember to stay safe when drinking and don't drive - Read the drinkaware 12 tips to make the most of Christmas
- Take time out when you need to - if you feel like things are getting too much - take a break and go somewhere quiet, go for a walk or listen to music - something that helps you to relax and unwind.
- Limit the time you spend on social media - social media can have a big effect on how we feel if we are comparing ourselves with others. It can make us feel like everyone else is having a better time. Remember we only see edited versions of people's lives on social media - the attractive stuff they want us to see - read Wanna be #Instafamous.
- Think JOMO 'Joy of missing out' not FOMO - JOMO means being happy with where you are and what you want to do rather than what advertising or social media make you feel you should do.
- Try to keep active over Christmas - over indulging on food and drink can make us feel sluggish and unwell. Keep active by doing something fun that gets your body moving like going for a walk, a run, doing yoga or playing a sport. This will help keep your mood up.
Top resources to get you through Christmas:
Where can I get emotional wellbeing support over Christmas?
Below are Christmas opening times for support services.
- Kooth - provides online counselling and emotional wellbeing service to young people aged 11-18. Kooth is open every day throughout the Christmas holidays: Christmas Eve 12pm to 8pm, Christmas Day and Boxing Day 4pm to 8pm, New Year's Eve 12pm to 8pm, and New Years's Day 4pm to 8pm.
- Emotional Wellbeing Hub- provides information, advice and guidance to young people in East and West Suffolk, up to the age of 25, who are worried about their emotional health and wellbeing. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
- Point 1 Service - provides an emotional wellbeing service to any child or young person living in Norfolk or Waveney, Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
- Suffolk SENDIASS - provides information and support to parents and young people with special educational needs and disability. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
- Young Minds Crisis Messenger Service - provides support to young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Open as usual, 24/7 crisis support.
- The Samaritans - provides support and information to anyone who is struggling and would like to talk to someone. Open as usual, available 24/7 for anyone to contact.