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Top tips for keeping mentally well this festive period and avoid getting the blues

Date
Tue, 24 Dec 2019
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Christmas is a time for joy and togetherness with family and friends; but it can also have a huge impact on your mental health.

Below are some key factors that can contribute to the Christmas blues...

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Stress

Finding the right gift, battling through endless queues, worrying about money and spending prolonged periods of time with family members can have a negative impact on your wellbeing.

Ensure you get some ‘me time’ when you need it.

For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/understanding-stress.aspx

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Sleep deprivation

Not getting enough sleep can weaken your immune system and can make you more susceptible to viruses and infections. Being ill over the Christmas period can dampen your spirits.

Getting the flu vaccination can help protect you from flu-like viruses, eating a balanced diet can ensure your body is getting what it needs to help fight off illnesses, and getting enough sleep will help your immune system fight off colds and infections.

For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/sleep/Pages/sleep-home.aspx  

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Isolation and loneliness

Christmas is a time for families, laughter and happiness. But what about those people who don’t have families or friends to share the festivities with? Spending Christmas alone could have a huge impact on a person’s mental health, as it is important to have social interaction.

Consider spending a little time with your elderly neighbour or anyone you think could use some company. Whether it’s a visit for a cuppa, a game of dominoes, a trip out to the shops or simply a chat; your presence will be appreciated if they are feeling lonely.

There are also social groups available in the East Riding where like-minded people can meet up to take part in various activities to keep occupied and meet new people.

For more information visit http://www.local-links.org.uk/

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Alcohol

Consuming high levels of alcohol can lead to disturbed sleep, increased sugar intake and stress and anxiety. Alcohol reduces the levels of serotonin in the brain, which is the chemical that helps regulate moods, which can cause individuals to feel low.

If you feel like you need help with alcohol intake, try setting a limit on how much you’re going to drink, set a budget, let family and friends know you’re trying to cut down, have a lower-strength drink or cut back a little each day.

For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Tipsoncuttingdown.aspx

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Weight issues

Some people worry about weight gain during the Christmas period and often feel low because they can’t eat what they want or have overeaten during the holidays. If this is you, there are helpful gym and leisure activities at local leisure East Riding leisure centres for a New Year, New You.

For more information visit http://www.eastridingleisure.co.uk/ or www.nhs.uk/Livewell

To find out more information about all aspects of health and wellbeing visit happyandwell.me

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