Ways to look after your well-being over the festive period

Daran Bailey is a psychotherapist, award-winning and gold standard mental health first aid trainer, resilience practitioner, trauma therapist (BWRT) and mindfulness instructor. Here he's shared activities that are great for looking after your wellbeing this winter.

Holiday Movie Marathon:

Watch your favourite holiday movies or discover new ones. Cozy up with some blankets, hot cocoa, and enjoy the festive spirit.

Baking or Cooking:

Try out new holiday recipes or bake some classic treats. Cooking can be a therapeutic and rewarding activity.


Get creative with holiday-themed crafts. Make your own ornaments, decorations, or even handmade cards for loved ones.

Outdoor Activities:

Take advantage of the winter weather. Go for a winter hike, build a snowman, or try ice skating. Fresh air and physical activity can do wonders for your mood.

Volunteer Work:

Give back to your community by volunteering. Helping others can provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment.

Games Night:

Have a games night with friends or family. Board games, card games, or even video games can be a great way to unwind and have fun.

Mindfulness and Relaxation:

Practice mindfulness through activities like meditation or yoga. If you have a Christmas tree decorate it mindfully and consider lighting up your home with colourful lights and candles.

Virtual Gatherings:

If you can't be with loved ones in person, arrange virtual gatherings. Video calls can help you stay connected and share the holiday spirit.

Gratitude Journaling:

Reflect on the positive aspects of your life by keeping a gratitude journal. Write down things you're thankful for each day.

Music Therapy:

Create a holiday playlist or explore different genres of music. Music has the power to uplift your mood and bring joy.

Random Acts of Kindness:

Spread kindness by performing random acts of kindness. It could be as simple as leaving a kind note or paying it forward in a coffee shop.

Photo Scavenger Hunt:

Create a holiday-themed scavenger hunt with a camera or smartphone. It's a fun and creative way to explore your surroundings.

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