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How to cope with Christmas and New Year

December can be a fabulous month, filled with parties, family and friends. Enjoy every moment.

It can also be tough. Perhaps you feel sad (a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, etc.), you may feel quite isolated after moving to a new area or because the circumstances of your friends have changed and yours have not.

You may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or from stress, anxiety or depression. There are many perfectly valid reasons for you not to be filled with festive cheer.

So what can you do to make this time easier? My advice is:

  • Make sure you keep up with the good habits in your life (sleep, diet and exercise).

  • Be realistic about your expecrations. Believe me, lots of people aren't out and about enjoying themselves. Focus on the things that make you happy and indulge yourself. For me, it's a bottle of Baileys and a tray of Ferrero Rocher.

  • If you are alone on Xmas Day, plan the day that you want, with your favourite food and the TV or films that you like.

There are many other ways to experience Christmas cheer. Perform a random act of kindness, smile at that busy and stressed retail worker, offer support to a local charity, or look for local groups that meet-up. I'm a particular fan of Walk and Talk for Men St Neots

and of Walk and Talk for Women St Neots

You may find it helpful to listen to a podcast recorded with a friend and fellow hypnootherapist.

If you are really struggling, talk to family or friends, or to your GP.

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