There is no doubt that 2020 has been a testing year and somehow we’re only 10 days away from Christmas! So, we’re sharing some tips for the holiday season to help you switch off and look forward to the New Year, as well as a roundup of blogs centred around mental health that are full of resources and advice.
Research by mental health charity Mind found that 60% of adults and 68% of young people reported that their mental health worsened during the Covid-19 lockdown period.
5 tips for the holiday period:
- Aim to have at least one tech-free day where you don’t look at your phone to give yourself a chance to fully switch off from work or job-searching.
- Leave yourself a note or to-do list of where your projects are at so you can easily pick up your work when you come back from the break.
- Try to not compare yourself to other people’s 2020, this year has been extremely challenging.
- Take some time to reflect and be proud of how far you’ve come (even if you don’t feel like you have achieved anything, we bet there’s a lot to be proud about!)
- Use the downtime to think carefully about what you want next year to look like. Don’t worry – we’re not talking resolutions but you might want to change certain things such as too many meetings, or you want to work in a certain sector. Write it down and then make a plan to action when you’re back from the break.
For more advice on Christmas and your mental health, visit Mind’s website.
You may also like our blogs on mental health:
How many of you feel that social media has had a negative impact on you?
Salt’s Eloisa looks at interesting personal thoughts and studies which speak about both the beneficial and detrimental effects social media can have on your psyche and state of mind. The blog post is perfect for those seeking insight on how social media could or has impacted their mental wellbeing.
A blog post focusing on identifying and relieving work-related stress and burnout through sharing apps that are accessible, free, and highly recommended to help you make positive changes towards managing burnout.
This article also provides contact hotline resources for those who need to speak to someone urgently or just looking to talk to someone.
This comprehensive blog post highlights what stress looks like and how you can strive to manage stress triggered by work or workload. The article provides inexpensive, easy to do tips on how you can manage and cope with stress and anxiety.
This insightful blog post and resource is to help people identify the signs of burnout and deal with the effects thereof. This article provides the reader with practical tactics to manage burnout and stress while emphasising the importance of putting your mental health first, regardless of what stage of your career you are in.
Here are some of our team’s favourite blogs:
- The Mighty Mental Health – Is a story-based mental health awareness community that focuses on providing support for people living with mental health disorders. This resource takes the form of a social media platform with over 6000 content pieces available, so users can like and share their favourite content.
- A Splintered Mind – This blog offers a humorous, yet insightful personal account of how award-winning author Douglas Cootey manages life with ADHD and depression. It also provides a supportive online community of like-minded people who are working towards overcoming the stigma associated with mental health.
- Chipur Healing for Depression, Anxiety, Bipolarity, Stress – Focused on learning, sharing, and relief from mental health disorders of any nature this well-curated blog seeks to help people take steps towards managing their mental health.
- Love and Life Toolbox – This blog is loaded with resources for encouraging emotional wellbeing and healthy relationships. Besides its resource-rich library, the blog also provides Love and Life online courses and consultations.