Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, the festive season can be a difficult time of year for some of us.
You might feel isolated being around others who seem happy and excited if you don’t feel the same way. You may also be feeling worried about the work you need to do before or after the break. Or worrying about your workload if you're working over the holidays.
We’ve shared some tips for managing your mental health during this busy time.
Concentrate on time-sensitive tasks and make a list of things that can wait until the new year.
Make sure you take regular breaks during your day to recharge.
Focus on the positives. Reflect on your successes and acknowledge your accomplishments throughout the past year.
Consider things you can put in place to look after your mental health in the new year. For example, blocking out your lunch break in your calendar or adding a reminder to leave on time.
If you’ve got time off, give yourself time to switch off, unwind and relax. Consider turning off notifications if your work emails are linked to your phone.
If you’re working over the festive period, work out your priorities to lessen the load on these days.
Find more advice and support on looking after yourself over the festive period.
More ways Mind can help over the Christmas period:
Here you can find information and support by phone and email. Our Infoline is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm. It will be closed on 25 and 26 December 2023, and 1 January 2024 but otherwise remains open during the Christmas break.
Our local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services include talking therapies, peer support and advocacy. You can check your local Mind’s website for Christmas opening times.
This is our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. You can access the community any time, including on Christmas Day and other bank holidays.
Looking ahead to the new year
Mind's workplace wellbeing team is winding down for the Christmas break. But we'll be back in the new year to support you and your workplace in the fight for better mental health for everyone at work.
Why not kick off next year by investing in your workplace wellbeing? We're delivering several training courses for individuals at the start of 2024:
January 17, 9:30 AM
‘Mental health and how to support someone’
February 13, 9:30 AM
‘Managing mental health at work’
Sign up for our first courses of the year here.
Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 1 February 2024!
It’s not always easy to say how you really feel. But talking openly and honestly can be the first step towards better mental health.
Run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and being delivered in partnership with Co-op for the third year running, Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation.
Find ways to get involved
There are loads of ways your workplace can get involved;
Run a lunch and learn session to increase awareness around mental health. If someone in your organisation is happy to share their own experiences, this can be a great way to start the conversation.
Organise a myth busting quiz on mental health. This can be a fun way to share new information and help change misconceptions about mental health in the workplace. You can even use our True or False activity set here.
Make use of our supporter assets. We have a range of materials available from branded email banners and social media posts to printable posters and activities – all to help you spread the word internally and externally. Download the resource pack.
And finally! Don’t forget to use #TimetoTalk when sharing posts on social media.
Why talking is so important
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. And the cost of living crisis is only making it harder to look after our mental health.
Sometimes it’s even easier to tell people we’re ‘fine’ than say how we really feel. But talking about mental health can help bust myths and break down barriers. Have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
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Whilst all our booklets are carbon neutral, if you'd prefer to go paperless we have digital versions of our most popular booklets. They’re easily downloadable, and perfect for display on an intranet or other internal communications.
We're offering all 8 e-booklets at an exclusive price of £100 for a 12 month license.
– Dr Ruth Pullen, National Institute of Health Research
People have really appreciated having access to these resources on our intranet; they’ve helped us have conversations which otherwise might not have taken place and they’ve supported our work in this area.
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As we plan for 2024, we want to make sure we're making Mind@work the most effective resource for you. It would be great to hear about what you like to read and how often you prefer to hear from us, so that we can continue to give you the best experience.
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Best wishes, merry christmas and happy new year to you from all the team at Mind!
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