There is so much going on in the world right now including the cost of living crisis, public sector strikes and rail strikes. So whether you’re staying at your Nido over the holidays or headed home, here are Dr Tara’s top tips for navigating Christmas and the world right now.
- Be kind to yourself at this time of year
Everyone has differing relationships with Christmas. Not everyone wants to celebrate, and this is ok. Think about what you want and don’t want at this time of year.
- It is important to look after yourselves in the winter months especially
Remember to nourish well, hydrate and move your body. Even a gentle walk can improve wellbeing. Although it is Christmas and a time of overindulgence, it is good to be mindful of what you eat and drink as this can affect your mood. Try and get a balance of enjoying festive food while monitoring your nutrient intake too!
- Be conscious of your boundaries
Keep an eye on your relationships and any boundaries you need to put in place to maintain your emotional wellbeing.
- Limit your media consumption
There is a lot of negative news right now and this can be overwhelming, so try to avoid the temptation to “doom scroll” through news articles.
- Try out tech-free time
Try and have periods away from technology and media, and be present with your loved ones and feelings.
- Practice self care
Take some ‘targeted time out’ where you spend time with yourself to decompress from the world around you.
- If you are struggling emotionally or financially – please reach out for help.
Here are some great sources of support available to you:
Take care of yourselves & enjoy your winter break!
P.s. If you’re a Nido resident, make sure to download the Nido App and check out the Wellbeing Hub for more wellbeing resources curated with Dr Tara Quinn-Cirillo.