Being healthy is about much more than just looking after your body. Your mind is the most important muscle in your body and it needs to be cared for just as much, too. Christmas is a time of goodwill, positivity and family, but it can still be a time of stress and unhappiness if you let it.
We’re all human and we’re all vulnerable to the challenges that life throws us so, to help you this festive season, here are some useful tips to improve your mental state and stay positive.
Balance Socialising with Self-Care
One of the major stresses of the Christmas period is the social demands of each celebration. The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year when it comes to socialising with work Christmas parties, family get-togethers and drinks with friends all combining to create a hectic schedule.
For some, this extra social time is energising and only provides them with more drive and positivity, but that’s not everyone. Many individuals need time to recharge after social occasions and can become overwhelmed by a backed-up schedule with no time for yourself. If that sounds like you, make sure to balance your social calendar with your self-care one. Don’t overbook, simply politely decline and make sure that you have a few evenings a week to relax, recharge and get ready for the rest of the festivities.
Random Acts of Kindness
Another great activity to boost your mental state is doing a few random acts of kindness. As naturally social creatures, we develop empathy at a young age and for most, doing something good for someone else makes you yourself feel good too. Additionally, this is an activity that embodies the Christmas spirit and really helps complete that festive experience.
There are a host of different random acts of kindness you can try out from covering someone’s coffee during your lunch break to leaving money tucked away for a stranger to discover, every little bit helps.
Give to Charity
One of the best parts about giving to charity is that there are charities dedicated to a huge variety of different causes. Due to this, it’s easy to find an appeal close to your heart that you really care about and in turn, you feel good for supporting. Whether you’re interested in supporting orphan children or donating to your local school’s resource fund, you can always find something or someone that your money will help.
Christmas can often be a very expensive month though, in which case monetary donations might not be possible for you. In this situation, consider volunteering for a local cause or donating old items instead of money – the scope of your giving doesn’t really matter, it’s the act of doing something for others that improves your mood and brings happiness.
Help the Homeless
Finally, if you can’t find any charitable organisations you want to support, you can always look to do your own charity work. Homelessness continues to be an issue that people struggle with all over the world, meaning that wherever you are there is probably someone nearby who could use your help. The gratefulness that the homeless display when they are helped is an incredible boost to your mood, especially if you continue to speak to the individual you have helped.
Often, there is a stigma attached to the homeless which prevents society from treating them as equals. However, particularly during Christmas, it’s easy for them to feel very alone during what should be a family-and-friends focused period. Being a friend to those in need during this time offers both you and them a valuable and fulfilling activity, boosting happiness all around; which is exactly what Christmas is about.
Whilst the festive season is a happy time of year for most, you can’t be expected to always feel positive. Use these techniques to spread some goodwill and look after yourself, hopefully creating a better society in the process.