Beating the Winter Blues Tips

We asked @Ella, from the Keeping Well Team, for the best tips to keep the blues away, and help everyone have a peaceful Christmas. Over to you, @Ella

Christmas & Winter Blues :cold_face:

Whilst the Christmas period can be time to celebrate and spend time with loved ones, we are aware that this time of year can be difficult period for many. We have pulled together some helpful tips from Mind below:

Be gentle, generous and patient with yourself

  • It’s ok to prioritise what’s best for you, even if others don’t seem to understand.

  • Think about what you need and how you might be able to get it. :thinking:

  • Consider talking to someone you trust about what you need to cope.

Plan ahead

Think about what might be difficult about Christmas for you, and if there’s anything that might help you cope. It might be useful to write this down. For example:

  • If you’re worried about feeling lonely or isolated this Christmas, think of some ways to help pass the time. For example, this might be doing something creative or spending time in nature. See our pages on relaxation for more ideas.

  • Certain places may feel very uncomfortable for you, for example if they bring back difficult memories. Could you plan to spend less time in difficult places, or not go at all? Are there any reasonable excuses for you to stay away?

  • Think about whether you really need to do things if you’re not looking forward to them. Can you do them differently or for less time?

  • If you can’t be with the people you want to see in person, you could arrange a phone or video call to catch up with them on the day. Or try to arrange a visit around Christmas, if there is a time when it’s possible to meet.

  • Try to plan something nice to do after Christmas. Having something to look forward to next year could make a real difference.

Manage relationships

  • If other people’s questions are difficult, you could think of some answers in advance so you’re not caught off guard. For example, about your plans or how you’re doing.

  • Think about how to end difficult conversations. It’s ok to tell someone you don’t want to talk about something, or to change the subject. It might help to practise what you’ll say.

  • Suggest an activity or an easy way to move on, if you want to help end an unwanted conversation. For example, this could be playing a game, or taking a screen break if you’re on a video call.

  • Look after yourself

  • Set a ‘start’ and ‘finish’ time :mantelpiece_clock: for what you count as Christmas. Remind yourself that it won’t last forever.

  • Set your boundaries. Say no :no_bell: to things that aren’t helpful for you.

  • Let yourself experience your own feelings. Even if they don’t match what’s going on around you, they’re still real and valid.

  • Take time out. Do something to forget that it’s Christmas or distract yourself. For example, you could watch a film or read a book that’s set in the summer.

  • If you can’t avoid something difficult, plan something for yourself afterwards to help reduce the stress or distress you might feel. :gift: :red_gift_envelope: :gift_heart:

Source: Christmas coping tips - Mind

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Thanks for sharing @Ella :purple_heart: :christmas_tree: :white_heart:

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