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Keep Your Mental Health in Check This Christmas!

It’s nearly Christmas and while for most it is the most wonderful time of the year, for some of us it can be a little more difficult.

We think that it’s important to keep in good spirits during the holiday season. With that in mind we’ve come up with some great tips that will help you maintain positive mental health during Christmas and the New Year.

Take it easy on the alcohol

There’s no question that Christmas and New Year involves a lot of celebration, and in many cases this can involve social drinking.

Just remember that alcohol is a depressant and that while it may make you feel relaxed and comfortable at first, it can have an adverse effect on your emotions – this includes a low mood, irritability and aggressiveness.

Limit yourself during the holidays to the recommended units and you should be fine. 

Don’t overindulge on food

Christmas and New Year often involves a lot of food, from your Christmas dinner to party buffets.

While it can be enjoyable at first, too much rich food can tire you out and you may feel burdened with a feeling to lose weight in the New Year.

Try to maintain a healthy diet across the festive period and if you can, get some exercise. Long winter walks or ice skating are excellent ways to keep your physical health up!

Spend time with your loved ones

If you are experience ill mental health, Christmas and New Year can be a difficult period, especially if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

It is crucial that you avoid isolating yourself from friends and family. Interactions from your loved ones can massively improve how you feel.

Should you find yourself unable to travel to family or friends, give them a call. It will make you feel better about things and it will also brighten up their day, too!

From all of us at YouinMind.org, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!