The festive season and new year is supposed to be times of celebration and togetherness. But this year, the festivities might feel a little different. From coping with isolation to dealing with uncertainty and loss of routine, these mounting pressures can bring challenges to our mental and physical health.

Luckily, there are things you can do stay healthy and happy during the festive period and into the new year, here are our tips:

Switch off and de-stress

It’s no secret that this year has been a tough year for everyone, and you’ve probably spent most of it taking care of others. So, take this time to put yourself first – and don’t feel guilty for doing so! Savour every bite of your lunch, soak in a relaxing bubble bath, indulge in a cup of hot chocolate - however you choose to slow down and switch off, do what makes you feel good. Just remember that rest is productive, and you need it. 

Winter walks

Make the most of the clean, crisp winter air and head out for refreshing walks this festive season. Not only is this a great way to get your daily source of exercise, but it’s also an opportunity for you and your household to bond whilst appreciating nature’s finest. Don’t forget to grab your camera and snap some of those beautiful frosty scenes as you go. 

Talk it out

Airing out your stresses with a family member, friend, co-worker or professional can often help reduce stress and anxiety associated with the New Year. Writing things down and thinking about the situation can sometimes help get things off your mind and help you feel better.

If you do need additional support, whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, there are mental health charities, organisations and support groups that can offer expert advice. For further information on these, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/.

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