The holiday season is a bad time for me because nearly three years ago my mum died just after Christmas. Since this time if I am honest, I have not celebrated it like I used to. It has left a massive void in my heart. But this year although I feel sad, I am going to try to make an effort, as when mum was well, she loved Christmas. I am trying to remind myself what Christmas is about so as a Christian, will try to get involved with my church by getting involved with the activities that are going on.
I often find Christmas overwhelming and feel anxious and depressed especially if I cannot afford to buy a load of presents. However, I am reminding myself it is not all about spending loads of money, a little token gift is just as good and it is the thought that counts. It should not all be about cost.
Below are some of the things I will try to do to help myself during the festive season.
- Prioritize my activities and try not to do too much as it will make me ill, and I am unable to deal with too much. I will try to attend some parties but will limit it to the ones I feel are most important.
- I will buy some presents, but not spend loads of money as I do not want to get into debt something that can quite easily happen with bipolar.
- I must try to do some exercise even if a small amount like walking my dogs. This is good for my mental health as when I just stay in bed, I feel worse.
- Not all my family gets on, this really upsets me so I have to split myself between the two. This annoys me but I am not putting too much pressure on myself this year.
- I will keep in touch with the medical professionals who oversee my care this makes me feel secure as I know I am not alone.
- I will remember my mum and visit her grave and put some nice flowers on it and decorate it.
- If I am well enough, I may volunteer some time at a homeless shelter.
I would like to take this opportunity, to wish all my followers a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Claudette is a passionate campaigner and activist for mental health stigma and domestic abuse. She believes that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their disability or gender. She has diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder, endometriosis, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia. Claudette has a certificate in Management studies. Her interests include beauty, makeup, animals politics, current affairs and social networking.