Tips on how to reduce mental health issues as Christmas exacerbates it

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Tips on how to reduce mental health issues with Christmas stress

December can have more of a strain on mental wellbeing compared to other months, as employees have to juggle the everyday obstacles of work as well as Christmas shopping, in light of this a CEO has offered tips on how to alleviate this stress.

David Price, CEO of Health Assured, a health and wellbeing network has given some advice on how to create a work environment where people can help one another.

Mr Price said:

Support your people

“Employers have a responsibility to the people in their care, and this is important to remember at Christmas.

“You don’t need to go overboard, but a little bit of extra cheer in the office will go a long way. Signpost any help you have available, such as an employee assistance program (EAP), decorate the workplace a little and make sure people know that you’re open and willing to talk. Those small efforts will go a long way to making it a better holiday for everybody.”

Don’t push too hard

“There’s a pressure on people now to have picture-perfect lives, especially on social media, especially during the holiday season. People you know are likely posting regular updates on their preparations. Remember that social media tends to be a carefully edited snapshot of reality.

“If you’re struggling and surrounded by images of others having a perfect time, this can be stressful. Try to remember that no matter how wonderful your friend’s Christmas may seem, they’re likely suffering the same stresses as you.

“Try reaching out. Send a message, talking about the stress you feel, telling your friends that you’re having a difficult time. You’ll be surprised by how many people tell you they feel the same and how happy to help they’ll be.”

Help out

“Of course, the advice above goes two ways. Offer to help whenever you suspect someone you know might be having a problem. Even if it’s just a lift to the shops to pick up a bulky present, or the best way to roast a sprout, the smallest gesture can make a world of difference.”

Just be there

“For many, the holiday season isn’t as jolly as for others it’s a lonely time of year. You probably know someone going home to an empty house at Christmas, invite them to join your celebrations, include them in your plans, and let them know they’re not alone.”

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