Dealing with the festive hype….

So I know it’s been a while since I posted a blog but that’s because everything has been going along so so and there hasn’t been anything much for me to talk about, but these past few days have seen my anxiety levels start to creep up a little bit! I mean they aren’t bad, but with the hustle and bustle of Christmas and doing lots of little extra bits and pieces I’ve begun to have some old anxious feelings again. 

I guess it’s the time of year when money is always stretched a bit more than normal (more so this year for me) and when you’re expected to participate in more social gatherings with not only the ones you love the most, but friends, family and sometimes even strangers….. Life can just feel full on and a wee bit overwhelming. You want to go and do the things you’ve always been able to do with ease, but now it’s a little harder than ever before. You know those special people have your back and will always make you comfortable and confident, but going into strange places or busy shops can be daunting. I’m just glad I mostly know my limitations and can easily say no when I need to, but some can’t and we need to remember that! 

I’m loving feeling chilled out and not getting into full on panic mode when situations arise. I can make decisions more clearly and I certainly know how to focus on the positives. The gratitude letters I wrote to those nearest and dearest to me helped me push through some hard times and just focusing on what I am grateful for each day helps me to relax! 

So I guess over the next week or so I will just try to chill and stay positive, always thinking about why I’m grateful. Please remember though to support your friends and family through this time of year as it can be tough for us all in some way or another, particularly us who suffer from a mental illness. Talk, hug and be there for each other. Be a listening ear to someone who may need you and know my door is always opened. 

Thank you all for your support through my challenging journey this year – have a very Merry Christmas 🎄 and Happy New Year and be safe and supportive of your loved ones xxxx Looking forward to catching up with everyone throughout the festive time in some way 😊