Explains how the period around Christmas and new year might affect your mental health. Gives tips on how to cope and suggestions for supporting someone else.
Whether or not Christmas is part of your life, you might be affected by it happening around you. It's a time of year that often puts extra pressure on us.
For example, you might:
"...listening to other people's exciting plans makes me feel like an alien being, as I don't have all those wonderful relationships in my life."
The Christmas period could impact your mental health in other ways too. For example:
"I won't be physically alone, but I will feel very lonely. I probably should be enjoying "my family" [...] I try to keep positive and strong, but end up feeling terribly sad and overwhelmed."
If Christmas is a hard time for you, it's important to remember that you are not alone, and there are things you can try that might help. We've written this information to help you:
This information was published in December 2019. We will revise it in 2020.
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