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.
Christmas can be difficult for anyone, at any point in their life.
You might be struggling this year for the first time. This may be because things feel different to previous years, when you enjoyed Christmas. Or you may have found Christmas difficult in the past, and you're dreading it again this year.
There are lots of different reasons that you may find Christmas tough. This page covers some of those difficult experiences:
"I find it extremely lonely and isolating. It all seems to drag on for months as well."
"I usually have to visit family but as I have autism I find this difficult as it breaks my normal routines and my coping strategies are not accessible. I try and keep the visits as short as possible and then usually come home and sleep."
"Feeling 'other' in conversations about how people had happy holiday seasons can really take a toll, and it can make you nervously anticipate or resent upcoming holidays where a happy nuclear family is idolised in the media."
This information was published in December 2020. We will revise it in 2021.
References are available on request. If you would like to reproduce any of this information, see our page on permissions and licensing.