Keep calm and carry on at Christ­mas

Women's Health (UK) - - STRONG MIND -

Rou­tine and struc­ture are ton­ics for an anx­ious mind. Get up at the same time as nor­mal, have reg­u­lar meals and pre­tend it’s busi­ness as usual. Spend a day say­ing ‘no’. If you don’t want to schlep across town to an­other Christ­mas mar­ket, don’t. Plan your free time and spend it how you want. Try to stick to your nor­mal ex­er­cise rou­tine. It’s the clos­est we’ve got to a magic bul­let for man­ag­ing mood. Stick­ing to it will give you a sense of con­trol. Have a dig­i­tal de­tox. Yup, log off and switch off, even if it’s just for 25 Dec. Not know­ing the ex­act state of ev­ery­one else’s sprouts will do you no harm. It’s good to talk. Phone a friend or call a helpline such as Anx­i­ety UK (0844 477 5774). Your wor­ries might sound silly in your head, but your feel­ings are le­git­i­mate. wom­en­shealth­mag.co.uk

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