In amongst all the tinsel and the razzmatazz, it's worth reflecting on our mental health and how it may be maintained in good working order. Here are a few pointers:
- Healthy relationships are important. Connections with people who really appear to 'get' us. Listening and being listened to. Loving and feeling loved. Negotiating some give and take.
- A healthy life-style - diet, exercise.
- A connection with the natural world. Get out, breathe the air, notice the way the landscape honours the turning of the year.
- Taking time out for ourselves to do something we really enjoy.
- Nourishing our creativity: writing, singing, making art, gardening.... It doesn't matter if we're not great at it, these types of activities are flow activities, taking us away from the every day.
- Don't over-indulge. Binging on drink or food may soften pain for a short while, but they leave a nasty hangover.
Bearing these ideas in mind could be enough to support us so we can tramp happily through the next few weeks. However, for a lot of us it helps to have another person to explore our life's journey with. If so, a trained counsellor or psychotherapist may be the answer. They can be a sounding board, allowing us to discover our true wants and desires and a way forwards when life is challenging.
If you're interested, go to our list of qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists to find out more about what they have to offer.