Christmas does not mean the same thing to everyone

“My uncle always used to say that ‘Family is the most important thing’ but that didn’t stop him from raping me. I’d worked in domestic violence law for ten years but I’d never really thought about men being raped. 

I didn’t want my wife and kids finding out so I used the online support service anonymously and they gave me information and strategies to get through what had happened to me.” 

Christmas can be traumatic for many people – the constant references to family and friends gathering together is especially hard for anyone who is alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are struggling then these are some very simple suggestions:

 

  • Enjoy the sun – try and combat symptoms by getting out as much as possible, particularly during sunny winter days. Sitting by a window can also help.
  • Eat well – it’s tempting to comfort eat  on sugars and carbs, but these foods can often make us feel sluggish and lethargic – don’t forget to indulge in greens also.
  • Exercise – Getting out and moving about can have great benefits in improving your mood alongside providing a short-term change of scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are also some good suggestions from the Standalone Charity and  MIND on how to cope with loneliness and sad feelings at Christmas.

If you are on Twitter and want to talk to other people then the comedian, Sarah Millican, is hosting her 8th #joinin for people on Christmas Day.  More details on her twitter account @sarahmillican75 and on her website 

For details on Safeline’s opening times over Christmas please click here

 

 


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