So first things first, mental health and mental illness are not the same thing.
Everyone has mental health whilst only some of us have mental illness.
The festive period can be stressful for everyone, all the presents, family, travelling here there and everywhere to see everyone, feeling that you have to be jolly because its Christmas! Everything at this time of year can make you feel over whelmed and quite frankly, tired.
I get myself worked up every year about things being perfect and for what? A few hours of family fun? Well when one person is feeling stressed out its not fun.
As you may know, if you don’t then you must have been living under a rock, I’ve made my Christmas presents this year instead of spending near to £1000 that I can’t afford.
Yes it’s taken time and skills which I fortunately have but it has only cost me the materials otherwise, around £150, a much better sum of money I think you’ll agree.
The holidays have become too much about money, how much you’ve spent, how much the gifts other people have bought you have cost when it really shouldn’t be about that at all. It should be about spending time with your loved ones.
Why do we all want to have the perfect Christmas? Why do we feel the need to scrub our houses to within an inch of their lives and buy new bed sheets? Yes it’s nice but that can be nice at anytime of year.
Your family and friends will love you no matter what, or at least they should.
Our Christmas plans have changed considerably for this year, more to come on that at a later date, I was dreading it at first but now I find it quite freeing.
I’m not stressing out that I haven’t bought the right gift or got the right food, I’m not worried about the house being spotless or making sure I have a smile from ear to ear for the whole month of December, it’s nice, it makes a change.
What I really mean to say is, give your self a break, look after your mental health all year round but particularly at this time of year, no one will enjoy the festive period if your stressed and tired.
Christmas is one day, literally one day, and if I’m going to get really picky a made up story, but enough of my religious opinions, the celebration of Yule takes longer than a day, Hanukkah is 8 days, most religious winter festivals are longer than a day except Christmas, so don’t let yourself become ill because of 1 day.
Enjoy your family and friends, enjoy giving presents and receiving them, play board games, watch terrible television and just give yourself a break.