Wellbeing at Christmas
Christmas is amongst one of the biggest, happiest holidays in our calendar year across the UK and globally. Although Christmas is a happy time for many, it can also cause a lot of undue stress and anxiety on both our mental and physical well-being. It is exceptionally difficult this year to know how to feel in the lead up to Christmas due to the restrictions currently in place as a result of Covid-19. If Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year for you, that’s still okay.
We believe each individuals health should be a top priority. Here are our tips on how to best support your well-being this Christmas.
Well-being and the Christmas bubble
It can be overwhelming at the moment to turn on the television as we are met by masses of media. Tier systems, statistics and closing times have taken over – which can be extremely worrying.
If you find yourself worrying about the implications of COVID-19 on Christmas, the government have announced an exclusive Christmas bubble period. During this time (24th-27th December) three households – up to 8 people – can meet indoors.
The travel ban will also be lifted within this time window. Once established, you must not change bubble to minimise the risk of transmission. The Christmas bubble has been created to ease loneliness and allow you to enjoy the festivities safely. Although this is an option, you do not need to form a bubble.
Please see the government guidance below for more information on forming Christmas bubbles:
Christmas worries affecting well-being?
If you are worrying about the implications of coronavirus on redundancy/finances or any other circumstance inflicted by Covid-19 there are resources in place to help you. The Scottish Government have a number of public health well-being guides available on their website, suitable for all age groups.
Similarly, if you have been affected by:
- Feeling unsafe where you live, or if you’re worried about someone else’s living situation.
- Unsure how you will pay your bills, rent, or mortgage.
- Low food supplies.
- Being made redundant or unemployed, or not having any work.
- Worrying about going into work.
- Worrying about having somewhere to live.
- Mental health and wellbeing, including information for children.
There is a webpage in place to help you find the correct support:
If you need help with medical advice, please contact NHS 24 online or by calling 111.
Apps to help you form healthy well-being habits
With technology on the up, we have seen a rise in the number of self-care apps. These apps have been designed to help you unwind if you are experiencing mild-moderate stress or anxiety.
(In no way are these apps designed to replace professional medical advice but rather an aid to assist with worrisome emotions. If you are feeling overwhelming negative emotions please consult your doctor for advice.)
The below apps can be accessed on your tablet or smart phone for relaxation on the move.
Daylight. (Free in association with NHS Scotland)
Daylight builds up a personal profile to help those experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety.
Using your experiences to create a tailor-made programme, the aim of daylight is to overcome any worries and anxieties you may be feeling. It does this by asking you questions and using your answers to give you recommendations and exercises.
The daylight exercises are short and structured so you can do as much or as little as you like each time. It offers a number of helpful tips as well as SMS options to encourage you on your well-being journey.
You can make a daylight account by signing into the members section of Scottish Care and using the search bar to type ‘Daylight’. The instructions of use can be found here:
The above app was suggested to us from a Scottish Care seminar relating to staff well-being as it is endorsed by NHS Scotland.
There are a number of other apps available to improve upon your well-being such as:
Calm (in-app purchases) for help with sleep.
Vitl health (in-app purchases) offering personalised nutrition.
Wellness (in-app purchases) a private mental health journal.
We would recommend reading online reviews and doing a bit of research to find the apps that will be most beneficial to you and your individual budget.
Other methods to support well-being
At SRS, we have our own dedicated in-house mental health team.
Team leader, Sandy, and his team offer their support to our staff and their family members. Please bare this in mind over the festive period and beyond. Our social channels, email correspondence and office posters will signpost you to Sandy who is happy to help you through whatever troubles you are facing. (Always confidential)
Have a happy, safe and relaxing festive period.
If you would like to read more about SRS Care’s mental health and well-being support please use the following link:
We are award winning for the mental health support that we offer our staff.