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A new mental health campaign, Not Alone, has been launched to help people who will find this Christmas particularly difficult to deal with.
Norfolk County Council, the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, local mental health charity, Norfolk and Waveney Mind, and the county’s NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working in partnership with the support of Archant to encourage people to reach out to those who may be struggling.
Here are some tips for looking after yourself this Christmas:
1. Take a break if you need to
If you're feeling overwhelmed this festive season by a stressful situation, try to take a break. Think about what helps you relax and make time to do something just for you. For example, this could be having a bath, listening to music or reading a book.
2. Connecting with others
Connecting with others can help us have a greater sense of belonging and reduce feelings of loneliness. If you are unable to see friends or loved ones in person this Christmas organise a phone call, send a text or catch up online.
3. Eat well and drink sensibly
Try to be mindful and think about balance and moderation when it comes to food and alcohol over the festive period as this can help your mood and energy levels.
4. Try to keep active
It’s tempting to stay indoors, curled up on the sofa watching a film over the festive period. However, spending time keeping active can help improve your health and wellbeing. Try to build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. You could try going for a walk or doing some work in the garden.
5. It is ok to ask for help
Remember people care about you and there is always someone there to listen, even over the festive period. Sharing your feelings with someone else can help you feel supported and less alone.