How can Christmas affect my mental health?

You might be struggling this year for the first time. Or you may have found Christmas difficult in the past, and you’re dreading it again this year. You may also enjoy Christmas, but not be able to celebrate it how you’d like to.

People may find some parts enjoyable, but other parts stressful. Christmas is different for everyone. The current credit crunch puts extra pressure on us, along with the limited travelling due to rail strikes. This can affect our mental health in lots of different ways.

This booklet/download covers some of the reasons that Christmas can feel tough, and lots of tips on how to reduce the effects on your mental health. Some of the topics include:

  • Coping with money troubles
  • Looking after yourself
  • Practical Issues
  • People who aren’t around
  • Loneliness
  • Planning Ahead
  • Managing Relationships
  • Talking to other people
  • Getting Support
  • Worried about someone
  • Things to avoid