Thinking of you at Christmas …

The Christmas countdown has begun and the focus on parties, presents and family is very much at the forefront of our minds.

While you feel you cannot wait for it to come, many others cant wish for it to be over.

Despite it being billed as “the most wonderful time of the year” for some it does little more than reinforce feelings of loneliness and isolation. It can be an incredibly difficult time for the elderly, those who have lost a loved one, or people who live and work away from home.

So before you get sucked in to the festive frenzy take time to think about those friends, family members and even work colleagues who may just need an extended invitation or a thoughtful phone call.

There are many charity campaigns for the elderly here are a couple you may wish to support, Silverlines Foamalone and Age UK’s campaign, no one should have no one to turn to.

Stress is another Christmas staple that doesn’t get many headlines.

Domestic chores, budgets, family feuds, entertaining, over indulgence and sheer exhaustion mean it can often reach fever pitch. So make sure you take a little time for yourself, walk away from the drama and don’t use alcohol as a crutch to get through a Christmas Crisis. Remember to think about others who may be going through a difficult time.

Managing the Christmas stress and getting through the holiday season can be made simpler:

Get plenty of exercise:

When you’re running around during the holiday season, exercise might be the last thing on your mind, but being active can elevate your mood and help you cope with stress.

Keep things simple:

Don’t feel obliged to host all the festivities, keep things simple, learn to say no, or scale down the hospitality. A night in front of the TV can be very therapeutic if you have been burning the candle at both ends.

Take time for yourself:

With so much happening you might not get a chance to have a moment alone. However taking as little as 15 minutes to go for a walk or have a little alone time is a great way to cope with stress during the holidays.

Pick your battles:

Being in close quarters with some of your family members for long periods of time can be stressful. It may be easy to rub each other the wrong way. Even if you’re a calm and collected person, the holiday season can still be a trying time. Pre-empt things that will cause you stress, don’t react to remarks that will upset or stress you, and ensure there is somewhere you can go for a little time out.