Seasonal stress

How to make Christmas less stressful

During the festive season, while it brings joy to many, it can also be a source of distress for some.

Research indicates that stress levels tend to rise during this time due to challenging family dynamics, hectic schedules, financial pressures, shorter daylight hours, and heightened feelings of loneliness.

Consider the following three key points to protect your mental health:

Prioritize Self-Care:

Just like the airline safety routine advises, attend to your own well-being first before assisting others. Self-care doesn’t have to be elaborate; it can be as simple as incorporating morning meditation, unplugging from social media in the evenings, taking regular walks with a loved one, maintaining a gratitude journal, engaging in exercise, or ensuring consistent and sufficient sleep. These small acts can significantly impact both your own well-being and that of those around you.

Build Supportive Relationships:

Pay attention to those in your surroundings. As social beings, we rely on each other for support. Be mindful of how your words and actions may affect others’ mental health, strive to offer support where possible, and encourage the cultivation of meaningful relationships. If someone is facing significant challenges, urge them to seek the help they need.

Encourage Help-Seeking:

Foster an environment where seeking help is normalized. Encourage open conversations about mental health and let others know that it’s okay to ask for assistance when needed. By reducing the stigma around seeking help, we contribute to a community that prioritizes mental well-being for all.


If you need support to help you achieve these self care goals, mental skills coaching and solution focused hypnotherapy can help.  Please do get in touch to find out how I can help you achieve a Balanced Brain.

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