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Look after your mental health over Christmas

Look after your mental health over Christmas

Published by Grace Mcgachy
10:54am 23rd December 2019. (Updated at 11:05am 23rd December 2019)

Most of us love Christmas. 

But for some, it can be a very difficult time of year. 

KLFM spoke to Josh and Hannah from the West Norfolk mental health organisation Wellbeing. 

Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney provide a range of support for people with common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress. 

Josh Elms does community Engagement with Wellbeing and Hannah Rawlings is trainee CBT therapist. 

Hannah says lots people compare themselves to others during the festive season. 

"There's lots of portrayal from the media and lots of companies advertising Christmas Day as something really spectacular.

We think it's really important that people don't fall into the trap that that's what Christmas should be like." 

Josh added: 

"We fall into the trap of allowing something that's meant to be joyful stress us out."

Just because it's Christmas it doesn't mean we should stop looking after our mental health. 

Five ways to wellbeing

  • Connect to others
    There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
  • Be active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

  • Take notice
    Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.
  • Learn
    Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
  • Give
    Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Josh has this advice for over the holidays. 

"Remeber the things that are important like connecting with others that's what Christmas is about.

The expectations to cook the right meal, to get the rights presents to impress the family and we do all those things because we care about them but usually people know you care and it's not about the things it's about the people and the company." 

Hannah added: 

"No matter how hard it is, get up, get dressed in the morning.

Stick to your routine, have a shower, find something to do for the day, it doesn't even have to be something outside the house.

Taking up an activity you used to do, getting out and really socialising with lots of other people can be really helpful. 


Wellbeing services are free and are available to people aged 16 and over living in Norfolk & Waveney.

If you are aged 16 and over you can access their support through your GP or any other health or social care professional, or you can self-refer on their website or by giving them a call on 0300 123 1503 (lines open 8am-8pm

Services provided include:

  • One-to-one support
  • Online Guided Self Help
  • Self-help advice
  • Services for young people
  • Relationship counselling for couples, individuals and families
  • Courses to help you achieve a better sense of wellbeing
  • Peer support and access to social groups in your area
  • Helping you find other support for issues affecting your wellbeing such as debt, housing, employment


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