Jayne Hill of CABA writes about how to stay well during the festive period and highlights how volunteering can help with your mental health.
Whatever you have planned for the festive season, there’s no doubt that this can be a busy time of year. It’s important to take extra care of your emotional and physical wellbeing so here are some tips from the experts at CABA for staying well through the holidays.
Building and maintaining strong connections with friends, family and our wider community is essential for our wellbeing. A 2016 report from the Mental Health Foundation showed that simply having a friend who lives close by could increase happiness by 25%.
Research shows that doing good for others does you good too. Volunteering and helping other people increases feel-good chemicals like dopamine, reduces stress, combats depression and improves self-esteem. Volunteering also gives you a sense of belonging to a community and that life has more meaning and purpose which in turn reduces the risk of mental health problems.
Search icaewvolunteers.com to find the right volunteering vacancy for you.
FIND A BALANCE
While there are physical and mental benefits to volunteering, juggling a range of commitments and roles can become stressful. A time when we hope to relax and unwind can become a whirlwind of deadlines, commitments and to-do lists. So maybe this year, instead of trying to do it all, find a balance between getting things done and finding time to relax and enjoy the festivities.
If your plans involve celebrating, eating and drinking, you may find it more difficult than usual to make healthy choices, but keeping a few basics in mind will help to look after your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Stay hydrated: When you’re dehydrated you’re more likely to feel tired, irritable and unfocused.
Eat well: Snacking on fruit and nuts is an easy way to make sure you’re still getting your 5 a day, every day.
Keep moving: Simple activities like stretching during an ad break, walking the dog or taking the stairs instead of the lift all help.
Sleep well: Avoid using your phone or watching TV at least an hour before you go to bed and take time to wind down.
Asking for help puts us in a better position to solve problems, make changes and feel happier. The right support at the right time can make things a little easier.
CABA’s advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on +44 (0) 1788 556 366 or you can chat online at caba.org.uk So there’s always someone you can reach out to.
‘We're all guilty of not asking for help when we need it - but approaching CABA for support can have a huge impact on your quality of life, and also on the quality of life of the people around you.’- Leonard, CABA client
People talk to CABA for lots of reasons, including employment support, career development, emotional support like counselling, money worries, debt, legal issues, carer support and more. Everything is strictly confidential and CABA won't share personal information with anyone, including ICAEW.
For more articles, advice and information to help you stay well this festive season visit cabafestive.org.uk