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Tips for staying healthy and happy these holidays

The Christmas holiday season can be a tough time for some people; stress and loneliness are common feelings, particularly for those who are already battling mental or physical health issues. But rest assured there are ways to minimise negative feelings.

Routine, routine, routine

It’s tempting to abandon our usual routines when we’re on holiday. But maintaining healthy habits – eating well, being active, getting plenty of sleep and making time for things that make you feel good will help you stay in control of your emotions

Drink in moderation 

‘Tis the season to be jolly, yes, but drinking too much can affect your physical and mental health. Alcohol is a depressant.

Stay social

Holidays are often more enjoyable when shared, and spending time with the people we love is one of the best ways to support our own mental health and well-being. If you’re away from family, consider volunteering at community events so you’re less likely to feel isolated.

Many people struggle with feelings of loss, grief, or change during the holidays. If you’ve lost someone close to you, remember you’re not alone and feeling sad is normal.  

Create boundaries

Take time for yourself when you need to and try to steer clear of people who bring stress into your life.  Saying no to invitations is okay.

Ask for support if you need it

Help is at hand for anyone experiencing mental health challenges over the holiday season.

  • Free counselling. You can call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellor. Calls and texts are free

  • Lifeline. 0800 543 354 or (09) 522 2999, or free text 4357 (HELP)

  • Youthline. 0800 376 633

  • Samaritans. 0800 726 666.


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