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Christmas has made it’s merry way back to us once more, and it’s a time for indulging, giving, and spending time with family and friends. The Christmas lights and mulled drinks can help to keep our spirits high at this time of year, but as we’ve jostled through the crowds at shopping centres, woken up when it’s still dark outside, and braved the cold, we now deserve some time to ourselves. Our mental health can tend to fall back during December, in spite of the message of it being the season to be jolly, as we tend to focus our attention on giving our time and energy to the ones we love. So, what are some ways to get our mojo back to bring the festive cheer? Let’s take a look.

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  1. Sometimes, the best medicine is simply to be able to watch Netflix freely, whilst eating snacks, and maybe even throw in a face mask into the mix too. Alone time can be an excellent way to spend recharging. According to a study conducted by the Journal of Consumer Research, people often feel hesitant to go out and do things alone, such as going to see a film. We say no way to that. If you want to go and do something alone, it’s time to do it! It’s all about you, and the hard work for the year is done with. It’s time to recharge!

2. Link up with friends and family

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On the flip side, sometimes too much alone time can cause our mental health to lapse in itself. It’s all about balance, and sometimes reaching out and seeing a friend or relative for a couple of hours can give you that boost! Whilst Christmas day itself may be chaotic, and may lead you wanting to hibernate for the rest of the season, it’s always good to be able to talk to a close friend to help us all get through this hectic time of year.

3. Do some soul-searching

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3. Because it’s been a long decade, what better time than now to spend some time reflecting on how far we’ve come! Think of all the achievements you’ve made over the past 10 years, or if you prefer, let’s put this decade behind us completely! Now’s the time to celebrate before embracing some new beginnings and a time to make changes. Even roughly planning out your goals to achieve for the next few years could help to relieve some stress, and help get your thoughts out onto paper.

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4. Rest!

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It’s been a long year, a long decade, and 2020 is nearly here. If any time we’ve earned a break, it’s now. You want to have a duvet day? You got it!

Just don’t forget to shower! Switch off that phone, put on those slippers, and maybe even try a guided meditation.

 

5. Enjoy yourself this Christmas!

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Whether that be by going out for a bottomless brunch, wearing that Christmas hat, or a strategic plan for hibernation, you got it. If it means accidentally having too many glasses of wine or hogging all the mince pies at the office Christmas party, we are totally not here to judge. In fact, we celebrate it. You’ve got this! It’s time to relax! 

Remember that your mental health is important this festive season, and it’s okay to put yourself first! Always reach out for help if you need it, but also take the time to step back if that’s what you need. It’s time for you to do you! 

Have a very Merry Christmas, from all of us at Cloud 9 Minds!

Author: Zach Ottaway