Nevertheless, there’s a difference between being a bit gutted that Aunty Sue got you an ugly jumper, and feeling inexplicably sad, worried, or angry for long periods of time. Our mental wellbeing affects us all-year-round, Christmas included, so if you’re noticing that your mood has taken a dip, you’ve lost motivation or you’re struggling to carry on with your everyday life, it’s a good idea to talk to someone.
You can read more about anxiety, depression, and mental health across the CALM Get Help hub.
Feeling stressed at Christmas
Whether it’s worries around Christmas itself – seeing family or people you don’t feel yourself around, financial stresses or tense relationships, Christmas can be a difficult time. Feeling stressed at Christmas can also make existing mental health conditions more difficult to cope with – your routine might be out of whack, it may be harder to fight temptation, or the stress could exacerbate compulsive thoughts and behaviours.