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8 Tips for minding your mental health this Christmas

Christmas is usually a time of happiness and family but it can be a very busy and stressful time of year that can be tough on your mental health.

– Decide which Christmas activities and traditions are most significant to you. Only participate in those activities that have significance for you and decline the activities which cause stress or are insignificant for you.

– Christmas time tends to be a time when people spend more money than they can afford. Make a Christmas budget and stick with it.

– Take care of yourself. Eat right, get enough sleep and exercise. Control your alcohol consumption and limit your indulgence in high fat or sugary foods.

– Recognize signs of stress and use relaxation techniques when you begin to get irritated or upset such taking a few deep breaths, going for a walk or taking a break.

– Have realistic expectations of family and friends. Just because it is Christmas, does not mean the attitudes or behaviours of relatives and friends will change. Accept this and plan how you will respond to help keep the Christmas spirit.

– Make time for yourself. This time does not need to cost anything and can include going for a walk or reading a book. Schedule time for yourself during the busy Christmas period.

– Delegate Christmas tasks and ask for help. Communicate openly and remember it’s ok to say “no”. Don’t carry the entire burden

– If you experience persistent low mood or anxiety, consider professional help. There is a wealth of experience and expertise available to deal with mental health difficulties. Hypnotherapy is a known way to release anxiety and stress.

This Christmas, help spread the word that mental health matters, 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health difficulty. Help tackle the stigma attached to mental health.

Joe Busuttil @ Equator Hypnotherapy Melbourne
0412 277 488

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