- Bake some festive treats
Bake some gingerbread people, Christmas cookies, or a Yule log. Baking can be a mindfulness activity, that also taps into your creative side, and ignites feelings of satisfaction and achievement when you get to taste the end product.
- Watch a feel-good movie
Watching a film can give you a break from the stresses of your own life, as you immerse yourself in another world, and hopefully come out the other side in a happier, refreshed, and inspired headspace.
- Wrap up and go for a winter walk
Exercise is so important for both physical and mental health, and just because it’s a bit nippy out doesn’t mean we can’t get our steps in! A winter walk can also be a great opportunity to catch up with a friend or family member, reflect on your day, or just get some fresh air. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to see the Christmas lights in your local area!
- Donate to charity
It feels good to give back, and the busyness and excessiveness of Christmas can make us forget that not everyone is as fortunate as us. Donating as little as a few euro, or some cans of food, can ground us and lead to feelings of personal satisfaction and growth.
- Make a home-made Christmas card or gift
Arts and crafts are great Christmas activities for mental health and mindfulness, and getting creative can also be fun! Paint a picture of a snowman, make a Christmas decoration, or knit a scarf – spending time creating a gift from scratch makes it all the more meaningful, and it could also save you a few euro on presents!
- Get tidying
Christmas time can see your space getting a bit cluttered and messy, what with all the gifts and decorations. Spending some time cleaning, tidying, and de-cluttering ahead of Christmas can be a therapeutic experience, and can make you feel lighter and more prepared for the festive period. A tidy space can equal a tidy mind!
- Read a book
Immersing yourself in a novel is a great activity for the mind and brain, and is a great opportunity to take a break from looking at screens all day. Why not try reading a Christmas related book, to really get in the festive spirit!
- Build a snowman
If you get to experience a white Christmas this year, make the most of it by getting outside in nature and making yourself a snowy friend. Building a snowman is not just for kids!
- Visit an elderly family member
Spread the love this Christmas by spending time with someone who may not have much family left, and who may feel lonely during Christmas. Or just someone who you haven’t seen in a while. Visiting an elderly person can make their day, and yours too!
- Check in with yourself
Christmas can be a stressful time due to pressures and expectation of how Christmas should be. Take time out to check in with how you’re feeling. Talking about our feelings with a supportive person can help our mood and sense of wellbeing. So don’t hesitate to reach out to your GP or a counsellor if you are feeling down, overwhelmed, or anxious over Christmas.
Spectrum Mental Health