Guernsey Mind is a charity that supports the people of the Bailiwick, encouraging a positive attitude towards mental health and wellbeing.
We have put together a short list of hints and tips as well as some local contacts for the festive period.
Release yourself from negative feelings by accepting you can’t change how others behave and concentrate on what you can control. It’s ok to prioritise what’s best for you. Set your boundaries and don’t be afraid to say no to things that aren’t helpful for you.
It’s easy to eat and drink too much over Christmas. Learn to know when you’re at the point of having too much of a good thing and balance nights out and heavy meals with a few lighter days to give your body a break.
Lack of sleep impacts us all, so try to stick to your normal sleep routine and get a few early nights.
Allow yourself to take a break if you find your stress levels rising. Go for a walk, go for a coffee or listen to music - whatever will help you to relax or unwind. A little light exercise is a great way to boost ‘feel good’ hormones such as serotonin, which have a positive effect on your mood. Make a list... the physical act of writing things down can help you feel clearer. See thelist.gg for more hints and tips on looking after yourself.
Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed by our feelings. Reach out if you feel like things are getting too much, whether you seek the support of a friend or family member or a professional organisation.
Let people know you’re struggling. It can often feel like it’s just you when it’s not.
We will be open at certain times over the Christmas holidays but with reduced staff. Our phone messages and firstname.lastname@example.org email will be monitored during our open office hours.
You are not alone this Christmas. There are always places available for help and support.
Open until Friday 23rd December and then closed until 3rd January. Contact: 07839 724300 or email@example.com
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-12pm Open until Tuesday 20th December and then closed until New Year
Annual Christmas Day lunch at La Picquerel (L’islet) for up to 70 people. Activities are free to anyone who will be on their own on this Christmas day.
Contact Major Andrew at Guernsey@salvationarmy.org.uk or phone 07781 124404. Transport is available if required.
Christmas Day lunch from 12.00- 3.00pm. Sign up by ringing the church office on 724319
Christmas Day lunch from 12.00- 3.00pm. Call 01481 712138 email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: https://millstreet.cafe
There are many groups that will continue to run over Christmas including Yoga, Pilates, Babes & Bumps, Toddler Group and Karate. People in Alderney can also contact Guernsey Mind.