Beat the holiday blues

Navigating the festive season can be challenging, especially if you feel overwhelmed or lonely.

It’s essential to remember that you’re not alone in facing these challenges. For many South Africans, the holidays can bring added stress and anxiety, but there are practical steps you can take to nurture your mental wellbeing.

  1. Take a break: Even if you’re not on vacation, find moments to unwind. Weekends are an excellent opportunity to get some fresh air, engage in activities you enjoy and disconnect from your routine. Prioritise self-care, including healthy eating and sufficient sleep.
  2. Connect with loved ones: Whether in person or virtually, spending time with loved ones provides crucial support and helps maintain a sense of connection. Reach out and share your thoughts and feelings — it can make a significant difference.
  3. Give back: Consider contributing to others through your time or financially. Helping those in need can bring fulfilment and positivity to your life.
  4. Manage media consumption: Be mindful of the news and social media you consume. If it’s causing distress, limit your screen time and engagement. Stay informed, but consider setting aside specific times to check the news.
  5. Build a support system: Join support groups or online communities where you can share your experiences with those who understand. Connection is a powerful tool for navigating challenging times.
  6. Focus on the positive: In challenging times, dwelling on the negatives is easy. Instead, consciously highlight the positive aspects of your life, no matter how small. This shift in perspective can significantly impact your mental wellbeing.
  7. Professional help: If needed, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance.

If you find yourself struggling, please know that support is always available to you. The OMSMAF Mental Health Programme is designed to offer assistance and support to both you and your family practitioner. The programme is created to address a range of mental health conditions and substance abuse issues, ensuring access to high-quality primary mental healthcare.

Remember, reaching out for help is a sign of strength and various avenues exist to access the Mental Health Programme.

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