12 Wellbeing Tips for the Festive Period

The Christmas holiday can bring joy and happiness but also stress and anxiety. Managing your psychological well-being is crucial for truly enjoying Christmas. Here are some tips to help you navigate this festive season smoothly:

Set Realistic Expectations:

  • Understand that perfection is not necessary or often possible.
  • Accept that not everything will go as planned.


Plan and Prioritize:

  • Create a to-do list and set realistic goals.
  • Prioritize activities and tasks to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed.


Manage your time:

  • Allocate time for self-care and relaxation.
  • Avoid overcommitting to events or responsibilities.


Budget Mindfully:

  • Plan your holiday spending and stick to that plan.
  • Remember that meaningful gifts don’t have to be expensive.


Maintain Healthy Boundaries:

  • Learn to say ‘no’ when necessary.
  • Communicate openly with family and friends about your needs.


Practice Self-Care:

  • Prioritize self-care routines, such as exercise and meditation.
  • Get enough sleep to stay energized and reduce stress.
  • Don’t eat and drink to excess.


Stay Connected:

  • Spend quality time with loved ones.
  • Reconnect with the true meaning of Christmas – ‘love and togetherness.’


Embrace Traditions:

  • Engage in traditions that hold sentimental value for you.
  • Create new traditions with your loved ones.


Be Mindful of Grief:

  • Recognize that not everyone finds Christmas joyful.
  • Offer support and understanding to those who may be grieving.


Practice Gratitude:

  • Reflect on the positive aspects of your life.
  • Express gratitude for the people and experiences you cherish.


Simplify Your Celebrations:

  • Reduce stress by simplifying decorations and meal planning.
  • Focus on quality time rather than extravagance.


Help Others:

  • Volunteering or giving to those in need can provide a sense of purpose and perspective.


These tips can help us all year round but can be especially valuable at this time of year. Never hesitate to reach out for professional support if you feel you need it. However, by following these guidelines and managing your psychological well-being, you can help ensure that Christmas is a time of joy, connection, and meaning rather than stress and anxiety.



Author: Colin Preece, Head of Mental Health, Teladoc Health UK


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