It's OK not to be merry and bright.

It’s OK not to be merry and bright this Christmas. I have had a lot of messages about feeling overwhelmed and anxious this Christmas. How ever you are feeling is valid, and it is really important to be armed with lots of resilience tools and different ways of surviving Christmas, even thriving. Here are some wise words from some wise owls on insta.
Emily Coxhead🎄 I’d say to just try and focus on as small amount as possible, focus on the stuff that matters and know you’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed... it’s a tough time for a lot of people and this time of year often highlights worries and struggles. It’s just another day.

Fiona Thomas🎄 Don’t feel obliged to say yes to things when you know you don’t have time! Instead reschedule for coffee or catch ups in January when you are in need of a friendly pick me up. Don’t beat yourself up about eating and drinking too much. There is temptation everywhere so you’re already at a disadvantage trying to be sensible. Enjoy what you want and just be sensible with portions and try to get your steps in to keep you feeling fit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

 Suzie Reading🎄 it’s got to be the mantra: savour the good, make peace with the shitty! Don’t expect to enjoy every minute! Bear witness as it all unfolds and let the mantra help you suck the life out of the good bits and weather the rest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 

Kat Nicholls 🎄Try and carve out some alone time if you know you’ll need it - socialising can be draining so schedule in breaks for yourself so you can re-energise. It can also help to write a list of strategies to help you cope if things get stressful - this might be going out for fresh air, calling a friend or even listening to some music. Keep this list with you and refer to it when you need to, sometimes in the moment it’s difficult to remember what really helps. 

Kelly Terranova 🎄Be with people who give you space to feel sad when u need to.
I think the consensus is that you are not alone in your feelings this Christmas.