Happy Christmas to all of you who celebrate it, and positive thoughts and love to everyone!
This day can be tough for a lot of us. Among the festivities, loss of loved ones can be magnified on this day as can the lack of things and people that we may or may not have. Financial worries can be increased; family issues or lack of family can be felt more deeply; anxiety and stress can be heightened and those who don’t have homes or families to celebrate with can find their situation even more difficult to deal with.
It’s easy to reflect back on the year that has gone and look at what we have been through in a negative way, to focus on the things we haven’t been able to achieve or what we are missing. It’s easy to be hard on ourselves.
So today, wherever you are, whoever you are with or not with, whatever you are doing, if you are struggling or not, I urge you give yourself some presents in the form of self care. I urge you to look back at what you have been through and realise that you are still here and you have made it through those hard times, you are strong and amazing. Pat yourself on the back for that.
I urge you to focus on the things that you do have in your life, to try and find the positives if you can. I urge you to look at yourself and see just how wonderful you are, how capable you are, how beautiful you are inside and out, what an amazing warrior you are for coping with mental illness and still getting through life.
I urge you to do things today that make you feel good, do at least one thing that will bring you true joy: anything at all big or small, like taking a walk outside; calling a friend; having something tasty to eat; watching your favourite film; going to your favourite place; listening to your favourite song if you have access to these things. Anything at all that makes you happy, even if only for a moment. Give yourself these presents if you’re able.
I want you all to know that at least one person is thinking of all of you out there who have difficult lives. I’m hoping that you’re able to have some sort of celebration, that you’re able to find some happiness, that you’re able to be safe and warm.
I’m sending out all the love and positive thoughts I have to you all on this day truly from the bottom of my heart and wishing you a very happy Christmas.