Welcome to the Advent Adventure Christmas cards page with some suggestions of coping strategies that you can try if things get too much at any point over the coming weeks.
N.B. these are intended to assist with low level irritations and annoyances; if you find that you are struggling to function then please do seek professional help. You can also get support from helplines such as the Samaritans; dial 1 (800) 273-TALK in the US or 0845 90 90 90 in the UK.
Go to bed at 10pm three nights in a row
Go out for a walk
Make a cup of tea then sit down somewhere quiet and drink it
Line up three of your favourite songs and then dance away
Lock yourself in the bathroom on your own for five minutes
Lock yourself in the bathroom and have a long bath or shower
Make a game out of things that annoy around this time of year, such as the irritating habit of a particular relative – pretend it’s like bingo and you need to get a full house of everything that peeves you
Roll your shoulders forward fifty times then backwards fifty times
Plan some things that you will really look forward to
Pretend you’re in a comedy; when something annoying happens, try to imagine what witty remark you’d whisper to camera
Schedule a catch up with your best friend either between Christmas and New Year or in early January – and think of everything as an anecdote to relay
Mentally hit your bullshit button whenever life requires it, which may be often