Christmas is dawning on us again for those who celebrate it, whether we like it or not fellow festive-lovers and Grinchies.
It’s a different experience for everyone at this time of year. It can be joyous, fun and family-oriented. It can be a time of stress, mental health challenges, worries, bereavement, ill health, loss and loneliness. If you know someone who you’ve not heard from in a while or who may be struggling, please do reach out to say hello and see how they are because these small things can make all the difference.
Please do seek a little support if you’re struggling, whether that’s a friend, family member, partner, online support group, Facebook group, the blogging community or a professional. You should be able to find (thank you, Google) services & charities near you that can help, but here are a few contacts for those in the UK :
The Samaritans – 116 123 / samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us
Mind – 0300 123 3393 / mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines/
Family Lives (Divorce & separation) – 08088 002 222
SaneLine – 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm mental health & emotional support)
Cruise’s Festive Bereavement Helpline – 0808 808 1677 / cruse.org.uk/telephone-support/christmas
Now that I’m feeling a little better, I’ll be hitting the chocolate and cheesy Christmas songs, battling away the inner Grinch while wrestling with the Sellotape and wrapping paper. I hope I bought wrapping paper… (fibro brain strikes again!) Take care of yourselves, try not to over-stress things, pace yourselves, and remember what’s important to you this Christmas so that you focus on the things that matter. 🎄
For now, I’d like you wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope it’s as healthy, happy, blessed and lovely as possible, and that whatever your situation you can enjoy what you can and find things to cherish and appreciate. Love to you all!