Christmas and your mental health

Christmas and New Year are often associated with excitement and joy but it can also be a difficult time, straining us mentally, emotionally, physically and financially. There are many reasons why this time of year can be challenging. It’s okay if you’re not feeling full of joy during the festive season. You can find advice and information below to support during this time.

Be kind to yourself this
festive season

Talk about your feelings

Sharing how you feel about Christmas with someone you trust may help them understand how best to support you during this time.

Take time for yourself

Christmas can feel quite daunting with various demands and expectations. Remember to take a break from it and do something that restores you.

Be who you are

You might feel pressured to buy presents, cook or entertain but you don't have to. Everyone has a right to be who they are and walk their own path.

Eat a balanced diet

Christmas can be a time of overindulging on food and alcohol but an excess of sugar or alcohol can have an effect on your mental health and wellbeing. Moderation is key.

Take a winter walk

Winter weather can make us stay at home and feel sluggish but getting outside for a walk will not only make you feel better but is a chance to connect with nature as well as others.

Do more of what you enjoy

You might join a local group, take up a new hobby or volunteer at a local charity. Whatever makes you feel happy and positive can boost your sense of wellbeing.

Ideas to support your mental health this winter

Find out what Mental Health UK staff do to boost their mood and look after their mental health at this time of year.

Why Christmas might be difficult and ways to cope

Understand why the festive period might be difficult for some people and explore ways to cope throughout the period.

5 top tips on how you can cope during Christmas

Many people experience difficult emotions during the festive period, so we have put together some top tips to help you through.

Managing money during the festive season

Christmas overspending is a real risk. Mental Health & Money Advice has some advice to help manage your money and mental health at this time.

Tackling loneliness with Clic

A lot of people feel lonely during the festive season. We believe that no one should be lonely or isolated, and we’re helping people to connect and support each other through our online peer support platform Clic. Clic has helped thousands of people to feel less isolated by connecting them with others for mutual support. The platform also contains mental health information and resources.

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Just because it's Christmas...

For many of us, Christmas is a time of joy and celebration. But when you’re living with mental health problems, it can be a very different story.  Your donation will help us to reach more people affected by poor mental health with advice, support and information.