Navigating Christmas 2023
Posted on 22nd November 2023 at 16:58
As Christmas draws near, it is time for a sparkle of lights and the sound of Christmas carols traditionally associated with joy, laughter and being with loved ones. However, within the festive celebrations, we can go through a diverse range of experiences, which can be a mix of highs and lows and can significantly shape how we experience the season.
Letting Go of Guilt and Set Boundaries
In the rush of the holiday season, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and burdened by expectations. Letting go of the guilt of not perfectly embracing the Christmas spirit and knowing when good is enough is essential. Setting boundaries—saying no to overwhelming demands and protecting our emotional space
Embracing Self-care and Remembering Loved Ones
Amongst the whirlwind of festivities, it's important to practice self-care. Whether taking moments for a calming walk, indulging in a hot bath, or embracing a hobby, these acts aren't selfish but essential for our mental well-being. Additionally, remembering and honouring loved ones no longer with us is an integral part of the season. Acknowledging their absence allows us to celebrate their impact on our lives.
As we navigate our experiences during Christmas, let's do this with a spirit of empathy and understanding. Let's acknowledge the array of emotions people can encounter during this season. Understand our feelings and know that we are enough.
Thank you to those who will be working this Christmas
Through the celebrations, let us extend heartfelt appreciation to those who won't be home during Christmas. Thank you to those who look after our country and communities—the emergency services, military personnel, healthcare communities, and countless others.
Remember to reach out for support if you need to. Talk to the person you trust: a partner, family member, friend, or professional help.
A few contact numbers for support are,
Crisis 0808 1963 779
Samaritans 116 123
Shout text service 85258
Combat Stress 0800 1381 619
Make this Christmas the one you want.
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