Dear young people, parents and careers,

Christmas can be a mix of both joyous celebrations, mixed with a lot of difficulties and struggles for so many people. We are sharing 6 steps to wellbeing over Christmas from Charlie Waller to encourage everyone to focus on their wellbeing this season. Why not encourage others in your household to do the same, you can even do some activities together. Look after yourselves and one another over this Christmas season.

From Barnardo’s Healthy Minds Wiltshire x 

Stay active: Physical activity can really help with keeping your mood positive – whether you like walking, cycling, playing football…

Not feeling festive? That’s okay! There can be all sorts of reasons why some of us don’t feel festive. It’s okay to feel how you feel – you’re not the only one!

Get enough sleep: Sleep is vital for our wellbeing. Try not to skimp on it – even on Christmas Eve!

Give yourself space: If it’s all getting a bit hectic, take time out to be in nature, listen to your favourite music, read an uplifting book – or just be in the moment.

Eat regular meals: It can be tempting to overdo it but keeping your routine, with plenty of fruit, veg, and water will help keep stress at bay.

Stay supported: It’s easy to feel lonely at Christmas when we’re bombarded with images of happy families. Stay connected to your sources of support and if you’re not sure where to turn, we’ve listed some useful organisations: