Christmas Survival Kit
The holiday season comes with many challenges to our mental health especially for those who are struggling with eating disorders; shopping compulsions or social anxiety.
I’ve written a few blog posts recently on all things Christmas and I’ve brought them together here in one place. There’s a brief description of the theme of each one so you can choose the topics that resonate with you and that might be helpful for your Christmas survival.
Before I start with my posts I’ve included a couple of links to media contributions I was recently asked to make about Christmas which might also provide additional useful tips
Social excess leads to seasonal burnout
The first is my contribution to Olivia Petter’s feature in The Independent entitled “Monday night drinks and mince pies for breakfast: How to survive the social marathon of Christmas.”
Hangover childcare is a thing
The second press feature is by Caroline Allen for Yahoo Parenting. It is called “Parents are hiring babysitters to act as ‘hangover childcare.’”
I share my thoughts on how some parents have come up with a strategy to minimise the aggravation of looking after their children when feeling green around the gills from Christmas excess.
Living together in dis-harmony
The last recent media contribution I want to include here is my five-point plan for living with an ex long after love has died.
This was not written solely with Christmas in mind but this time of year is a notoriously challenging time for relationships.
Couples already feeling the strain are put under additional pressure by the financial stress of Christmas. I think harder still is living up to the mythology of trying to create the perfect story-book Christmas.
The truth is more people complete online applications to file for divorce on Boxing Day (St Stephens’s Day) than at any other time of the year.
This feature explores how the logistics of tenancy agreements and financial restrictions mean several million people at any one time are stuck in uncomfortably close proximity with an ex before they can move out or while waiting for their ex to find somewhere to live.
Journalist Natasha Gregson feature “This is what it is really like to live with an ex” asked for my best advice in her piece for The Stylist.
And now it’s time for my Christmas themed blog posts.
Shopping addiction: warning signs to watch out for
Before there was online shopping some people had a problem with over-spending on the High Street so there has always been something about shopping that can feel compelling for some people.
The secret challenge of Christmas gifts
It’s not as though we don’t know Christmas is coming and yet some of us still leave gift shopping until the last minute. Why is that?
The truth about Christmas shopping panic attacks
Christmas shopping tends not to be for yourself but for other people. This makes it more stressful than ordinary shopping as it is easy to get caught up with overthinking and feeling anxious about other peoples judgements or their expectations.
So, okay, that’s my Christmas Survival Kit of recent blog posts and media contributions for you.
I hope wherever you are in the world and whether you are alone or sharing Christmas with friends or family you find peace for yourself.
Seasons’ Greetings and a Happy Holiday to you.
Sally Baker is Senior Therapist, published Author and Speaker in private practice in London for face to face sessions and the world over via the internet.
With almost twenty years of professional experience, she employs cutting-edge therapeutic approaches to help one person at a time to transform their lives.
She has extensive experience working with people to alleviate their anxiety, depression, anger issues, eating disorders as well as conflicts within relationships and the family.
To find out more about Sally Baker, her books and her work visit her website, www.workingonthebody.com