Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas Advice

Having had my fair share of anxiety ridden Christmases, here's what I've learned about dealing with anxiety, stress and discomfort!

1. You don't need to spend the most money or buy the most extravagant gift in order to put a smile on someone's face. If they are worth buying for, they will appreciate whatever you buy them, and the thought that goes into it. Don't cripple yourself with the idea of finding the 'perfect' gift because in actual fact, they will just appreciate you being with them on Christmas day

2. I know a lot of people don't enjoy Christmas and find it difficult for a whole host of reasons so make sure you look after yourself properly. Eat well, don't drink so much that you forgot who you are, and make sure you get enough sleep. Especially if you suffer with a mental health problem, whether it be anxiety, depression, eating disorders etc. If you are in a healthy place, then you will find the whole festive period far easier 

3. Don't let people force you to do something you aren't comfortable with. You don't have to partake in a mince pie eating contest if you don't want to. Nor do you have to sing karaoke if that's not your thing. Simply being present is more than enough! It's your Christmas day too, so that last thing anyone needs is added pressure and anxiety. 

4. A huge mistake people make, is bottling up their emotions. Show your excitement, happiness, negativity, anger towards Christmas and talk about it. Many people convince themselves that no one cares or that they are being a nuisance, when clearly they aren't. If you need someone, go to a friend. They will be more than happy to talk to you and help you in whatever way possible. 

5. Finally, Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy yourself. Embrace the food, drink, family, presents, music, films, jokes and games. Wear your Christmas jumper everyday (along with a Christmas pudding hat for me..)! It only comes once a year so challenge yourself, do something new, build a snowman, make some Christmas cards. Despite it sometimes being difficult for some, it really does only come once a year, and once it's gone, it's gone. You deserve to be happy at Christmas.


Josie said...

Great post Sam! For me Christmas is just my favourite, favourite time but if someone I loved found it difficult I'd hope they could talk to me or someone about it because you made a very important point in number 4! Number 5 is very true as well :D x

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hayleyeszti said...

I love this post! For one day, there's so much hype, stress, and emotions, it's quite mad really! I think you are right about all of these things, and we should embrace the season for all it is. It's meant to be a time of joy and fun and spreading love. So refreshing seeing this post today :)

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