With a year that has flown by, Christmas may feel like it has crept up on us again! For some, it can be a time of sadness and loneliness one of which, people can feel anxious about in the run up to.
Plan your days to include some activity - so you do not isolate yourself. When people feel lonely they can often stop taking part in activities they enjoy due to low motivation. Make sure you go for that walk, visit that café for a drink or browse round the shops.
We have included some extra info on this which can support your mental wellbeing or support you to help others during this time of year.
- Reach out to people you know - you will be surprised how many people feel lonely particularly at Christmas time. Drop your neighbour a Christmas card or get in touch with people you may have lost contact with you might be surprised with their response.
- Look at what is happening in your community - there are often free events going on which you can get involved in; these are advertised on the radio or even at your local supermarket.
- Volunteering is an excellent way of getting involved with your community - it can give you a real sense of purpose. Check out www.voluntaryimpact.org.uk/ for opportunities.
- Plan your days to include some activity - so you do not isolate yourself. When people feel lonely they can often stop taking part in activities they enjoy due to low motivation. Make sure you go for that walk, visit that café for a drink or browse round the shops.
- Write a positivity log - It is important to remember what you have in your life that’s positive, and can help put things into perspective. Write down three things a day that you have felt you have achieved or/and have made you feel good.
Our Changing Minds IAPT team are here to support you, a loved one, friend or colleague in the run up to Christmas. The service is for anyone over the age of 17 and a half and living in Northamptonshire. Contact us on www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt and complete the short online form or give us a call on 0300 999 1616 (9 to 5 weekdays).
For mental wellbeing support for children or young people please visit www.nhft.nhs.uk/camhslive or they can text their school nurse on 07507 329 600. Check out their Facebook page for more information: @NHFTchildrensservices or Twitter account: @NHFTSchoolNurse