Hi, A sincere thank you from OneLessThing. As we bid farewell to 2024, we take pride in reflecting on the impactful work we have accomplished during this period. With a deep sense of honour, we have actively engaged in promoting MHFA across Aotearoa, positively impacting the lives of over 300 individuals. Supporting the journey of making a difference and the ambitious goal of training 100,000 Mental Health First Aiders within the next 10 years. The festive period can be a tough time of year for some people. From navigating difficult family situations to experiencing grief or loneliness, there are reasons why the period can impact mental health.
We have some tips on how to look after yourself and others.
Be kind to yourself this festive season
Talk about your feelings
Sharing how you feel about Christmas with someone you trust may help them understand how best to support you during this time.
Take time for yourself
Christmas can feel quite daunting with various demands and expectations. Remember to take a break from it and do something that restores you.
Be who you are
You might feel pressured to buy presents, cook or entertain but you don’t have to. Everyone has a right to be who they are and walk their own path.
If you’re experiencing loneliness and don’t know where to turn, think about some other activities you can focus on throughout the festive season.
Explore somewhere new or spend time outdoors. Changing your surroundings can be really refreshing. Going for a walk outside or taking up some exercise can really help lift our mood. Make it more enjoyable by listening to music, audiobooks, or podcasts.
Plan how you are going to spend your time. Structure can help us pass the time during difficult periods, especially if our regular daily routine is disrupted.
Connect with people. It could be a group of like-minded people, hobby related or a charitable cause such as helping out at a local soup kitchen.
Connect with others online. There are numerous online communities you can join such as hobby clubs, music enthusiasts, etc. You can also join Clic, Mental Health UK’s safe online community where you can share your thoughts and experiences and get mutual support from others who understand.
Find and explore something new. Taking on something new can be really enjoyable and rewarding, such as a new hobby, TV series, book, or anything else that might help lift your spirits and help pass the time.
Top tips for supporting others during this season
Lastly and most importantly, I would like to wish you and your whanau a “Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.” Make a difference this festive season and save a life.
Check out my Loom and how you can support yourself this festive season.
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