Being Well at Christmas

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Many of us have been looking forward to Christmas this year.  And after a tough year, more than ever.

We’ve had months of lockdown, muddled messages and all sorts of limitations. We’ve struggled to find toilet rolls, PPE, camera ‘on and off’ buttons.  Isolation, loneliness, anxiety, and lack of real connection with other people have taken their toll.  And now we face Tier 4, a new Covid mutation (or two!), further indecision, an unsure future and in many cases, a ‘less than’ expected Christmas. 

It would be strange if we weren’t angry, upset, deflated, disappointed, especially if you are not able to see/be with your family this Christmas.  Even crushed. And that’s ok. 

But it’s not OK to NOT look after your own wellbeing.

All of us will be having a break of some kind whether a day or a couple of weeks. We want to leave you, not just with our good wishes, but also a resource for you to tap into during the Christmas break, for any help you might need for however you are feeling.  

And we ask you also to think about choice - the choices you have that can make the current circumstances work for you.

About perspective - it won’t be your usual Christmas, but it can still be good!  It’s up to you. 

About acceptance - it is what it is.  We can’t change it.  So what can you do about it?

About resilience - what can you learn from this and take forward into the unknown of 2021?

All of these will help you build your own personal resilience and teach you some coping strategies that work for you.  After all:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

You can find lots of information about help and support available on Need to Know.

 But if you do feel anxious, lonely, sad or even have suicidal or overwhelming thoughts then please reach out - don’t hesitate. 

Published 24th December 2020