Wellbeing in the festive season

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Ways to look after your mental wellbeing this Christmas

Christmas, New Year and the festive season can be a wonderful time of celebration and connection with people we love. For some of us, it can also be stressful and trigger difficult feelings. Here are a few things for you to do to look after your mental wellbeing at this time of year:

Take part in our Advent of Kindness 2020

In this challenging year, we have put together 25 ideas to bring a little more kindness into the world in the run-up to Christmas for both your own mental wellbeing and that of others. There is one for adults and one for children so download your printable copy here:

Adult Advent of Kindness

Children Advent of Kindness

If you are taking part we would love to see some photos online so do tag us on social media using the hashtag #adventofkindness2020

Follow our six tips to wellbeing at Christmas

 

Stay active: Physical activity can really help with keeping your mood positive – whether you like walking, cycling, playing football...

Not feeling festive? That’s okay! There can be all sorts of reasons why some of us don’t feel festive. It’s okay to feel how you feel – you’re not the only one!

 

Get enough sleep: Sleep is vital for our wellbeing. Try not to skimp on it – even on Christmas Eve!

Give yourself space: If it’s all getting a bit hectic, take time out to be in nature, listen to your favourite music, read an uplifting book – or just be in the moment.

 

Eat regular meals: It can be tempting to overdo it but keeping your routine, with plenty of fruit, veg, and water will help keep stress at bay.

Stay supported: It’s easy to feel lonely at Christmas when we’re bombarded with images of happy families. Stay connected to your sources of support and if you’re not sure where to turn, we've listed some useful organisations:

Support with mental health

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Five Ways to Wellbeing posters

Five posters - one for each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing: connect, give, learn, be active, take notice

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Starting University

A brand new resource for young people about to start university

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Coronavirus: guide for line managers

A guide to help employers support staff mental health during Covid-19.

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Coronavirus: Quick tips for Line Managers

Tips to help line managers protect their staff’s mental health when working from home

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Wellbeing Action Plan (aged 16+)

Our new Wellbeing Action Plan is for all young people attending sixth form or college.

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Life after lockdown Wellbeing Action Plan

During the coronavirus pandemic, we have all been through enormous change and some of us may experience further uncertainty and change in the coming weeks and months

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Work from home wellbeing action plan

This is a personalised, practical tool that we can all use whether or not we have a mental health issue. There are sections for you to complete, including a positive daily plan.

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Supporting children returning to school (parents & carers)

Guidance for parents and carers on how to help your child prepare to go back to school

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Supporting children returning to school (teachers)

Guidance for school staff on how to comfort primary school pupils while maintaining social distancing

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Coping with self-harm resource

This guide includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm and how to support a young person for parents and carers

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Young people who self-harm

A guide for school staff

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Perfectionism

How to spot and respond to unhealthy perfectionism

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Asking for help

Tips for young people on when it’s time to talk about their mental health, or if they want to help a friend

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Social media and teenagers

A practical guide for parents and carers of teenagers on using social media

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Wellbeing Action Plan (child)

A simple, resource to help young people keep themselves well and get them through difficult times

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Guide to depression for parents and carers

This booklet aims to help recognise and understand depression and how to get appropriate help for their child

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Wellbeing Challenge activity pack (primary)

An activity pack for children, filled with fun activities following the Five Ways to Wellbeing

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Wellbeing Challenge activity pack (secondary)

An activity pack for young people, filled with fun activities following the Five Ways to Wellbeing

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Warning signs poster

A bold A3 poster showing the warning signs that tell you when someone may be depressed. This poster could save a life.

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Patent and trade mark professionals

Protecting your mental health and wellbeing: A guide for patent and trade mark professionals

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Depression booklet

Featuring useful facts, figures and information, this booklet also contains sources of help and what not to say to people experiencing depression

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Parents guide to depression (Welsh)

This booklet aims to help parents recognise and understand depression and how to get appropriate help for their child

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Coping with self-harm (Welsh)

A guide for parents and carers in Welsh

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Supporting children & young people as they settle back into education

Ideas for parents and carers on how to support their children as schools reopen.

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