I’m not a religious person myself, but I still appreciate the opportunity that Christmas presents (badumpcha!). I appreciate the fundamental messages of kindness and of love for one another that crop up again and again in the ads, on the tv and in the films.
So to celebrate the season of giving, here are my top 3 favourite Christmas quotes to get you feeling warm and gooey inside!
“You know I- I’m a symbol. I’m a symbol of the human ability to suppress the selfish and hateful tendencies that rule the major part of our lives.”
~ Kris Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
“It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night when we all act a little nicer. We smile a little easier. We share a little more. For a couple of hours we are the people we always hoped we would be. It’s really a miracle because it happens every Christmas Eve. And if you waste that miracle, you’re gonna burn for it. I know. You have to do something. You have to take a chance and get involved…
You won’t say, “Christmas is once a year and it’s a fraud.” It’s not! It can happen every day! You’ve just got to want that feeling! You’ll want it every day! It can happen to you! I believe in it now. I believe it’s gunna happen to me, now. I’m ready for it! And it’s great. It’s a good feeling. It’s better than I’ve felt in a long time. I’m ready.
Have a Merry Christmas, everybody.”
~Frank Cross, Scrooged (1988)
And of course, a good, simple…
Merry Christmas, folks! 😀
Imagine you haven’t quite finished your Christmas shopping – you have one more present to buy. It’s for a complete stranger, but it may well mean more to them than any of the other presents you give this Christmas:
Anxiety and depression are common mental health problems, with around 3 million people in the UK suffering from an anxiety disorder and another 3 million with depression as their primary problem. 4-10% of people in the UK suffering from depression at some point in their life and 40% of worldwide disability is due to depression and anxiety.*
Chances are that you have friends, whether you know it or not, who suffer from anxiety or depression. Sharing a post with some tips to combat Christmas anxiety can not only help those people, but also shows your support and understanding for those suffering what can often be a very isolating or stigmatized disorder.
Anxiety UK offers the following top 10 tips – go on and spread the word 🙂
1 – Don’t Over Indulge
As tempted as we all get to “treat ourselves” over the festive period, it is important to remember the impact that food can have on our mood. Too much sugar and caffeine can cause us to peak and crash and often impacts on our emotions.
2- Drink Responsibly
Many people say that alcohol helps to relax their anxiety however, drinking too much and the following hangover can often lead us to feel worse. Know your limits and stay safe. Keep hydrated by drinking water and other non-alcoholic beverages.
3 – Keep Active
We can still go for a walk or maintain our exercise regimen during the festivities. Many gyms offer 24 hours access which means that we don’t need to miss out. ParkRun also have a lot of 5k runs organised for Christmas day, you can find details here:
4 – Distraction
If things do feel like they are getting too much, remember your distraction techniques.Calm Keys are available from the Anxiety UK website with accessible useful tips and advice on breathing, relaxation and distraction techniques on a handy keyring.
5 – Move at your own pace
Don’t feel pressured to get caught up in the whirlwind and rush of Christmas. Our reality of Christmas isn’t what we see on TV and social media and that is ok!
6 – Make time for yourself
Watch your favourite film, read a book, listen to music. Be sure to practice some self-preservation and be kind to yourself. Spend at least one day in your pyjamas and relax!
7 – Have a plan for the party season
If you are heading out to a party or night out, be sure to have a plan in place for if your anxiety does peak. Speak to a friend ahead of your festive plans and discuss the best methods to help you if you enter a panic. This means that you have a trusted person who is equipped to help you cope and make you feel safe.
8 – Mindfulness
10 minutes of Mindfulness practice each day could help to keep you grounded, calm and relaxed. Headspace offers sessions on stress, anxiety, depression and SOS sessions perfect for panic. You can get a one year’s free subscription to Headspace through Anxiety UK membership packages.
9 – Know where you can turn to for support
Anxiety UK is open for the majority of the Christmas season at our usual hours.
10 – Rest.
Be sure to get plenty of sleep and rest during Christmas. Feeling tired can lead to us feeling less able to cope. Grab yourself and early night or nice lie in.
“It’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”
“Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind.
The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself.”
*However, I must add although it is good to push yourself, don’t do anything that scares you too much! I ended up in a semi-hysterical fit of tears, having just got back to flat land from a mountain peak (I’m scared of heights) with VERY sharp drops down the side! :S
It seems like a stupidly obvious thing to say, but be safe both as drivers and as passengers. Accidents happen all the time, especially around this time of year. Your friends and family want you home, so keep these things in mind:
1. Be careful on country lanes
Despite many narrow country lanes being the national speed limit, this does not mean that you have to drive AT the speed limit. You don’t know what could be just around the corner, whether it be a cyclist, a horse and rider, another car or a tractor. Better to be on the safe side than on the broken side.
2. DON’T DRINK DRIVE!
I doesn’t matter if it’s 5 minutes down the road, or it’s really quiet at this time of night, or if you’re too tired to walk! How would you feel if it was someone’s child or partner or parent you killed because you just didn’t see them in time? How would you feel if it were your child or partner or parent who was killed..?
3. Don’t get in a car with a drink driver
I actually did this myself recently and completely regretted it. We were just going to get a curry, but as he was parking he took about 15 attempts before abandoning the car with one wheel on the pavement, one wheel off, and having hit the car behind (thankfully it hadn’t left any marks). I regretted it hugely. I think one of the things with being a passenger is having the determination to say no, even when the other person may be very insulted or angry because they see themselves as perfectly capable. Being drunk makes you feel capable of most things! You need to be able to have the confidence in yourself to say no, keep yourself safe and hopefully make them reflect on their actions in the future, if you can’t take the keys off them. That is your priority, for your sake, and your loved ones.
4. Keep your cool
There are some terrible drivers on the road. I am one of them! I’ve only just got my car, and I am still VERY nervous in it as I know exactly how quickly I can snuff myself or others out if I make a mistake, regardless of other road-ragey drivers who get frustrated if you travel at the speed limit, or take too long to judge a junction. I will make sure to pull over if I can see someone getting frustrated with me. At the same time, it won’t kill you to travel 5mph less, but it may kill you if you make a rash decision in the heat of the moment.