Festive wellbeing tips from SAMH media volunteers

22nd December 2021

The festive season isn't always jolly, so here's some of the SAMH media volunteers with their tips on looking after your wellbeing this winter.


“I can find Winter to be really challenging due to the weather, shorter days and high expectations to constantly be happy and for everything to go well. I try to overcome this by focusing on what I want to do rather than what I feel I should be doing during winter. This may mean cosying up with a hot chocolate at home rather than attending every Christmas party and, by remembering that this is what I want to do, it helps me to stop feeling guilty because I know I am looking after myself. This also helps me to build positive associations with the time of year so Winter isn’t a time just to survive - it is actually possible to thrive.”


“They say it’s better to give than it is to receive at this time of year. Remember and give yourself some breathing space if needed. There’s no fun in doing something just because others think it’s fun. Instead, think of yourself!”


"These strange times of the pandemic have been challenging for everyone, and it is something that we have all been faced with.

And that is why looking after ourselves and others during this festive period is, once again, so important. We all have mental health, and if you’re in recovery I think it’s especially helpful to recognise where you are, and think of what you are grateful for.

So this is your festive reminder to stay safe and please take it from me - try not to be so hard on yourself!

From Jess, Recovery Ninja."

The SAMH offices and info service will be closed over Christmas and New Year.
If you need to speak to someone during this time, Samaritans are available 24 hour a day on 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org