Despite all the positive and fuzzy connotations tied to Christmas, there are some challenges that you may experience during the festive season. In this article, we’ll look at how you can cope during the holiday season and protect your mental health.

Limit Conflict with Family Members

While catching up with family during Christmas is great, it also means possibly running into family members with who you might not get along. Lower the chances of clashing with them by trying the following strategies.

Know Your Triggers and Create Doable Strategies

Spend some time thinking about what it is that ticks you off about these family members.
Usually, there are universal elements that form part of any trigger in relation to conflict:

  • what someone says or does
  • their tone or energy
  • your thoughts about what they say or do
  • the way it makes you feel
  • the actions that you take

To cope, you could keep conversation to a minimum, avoid certain topics, excuse yourself to get fresh air and think about the person’s behaviour in a more balanced way.

If the situation is just too much to handle, you could decide to only go to gatherings where that person is excluded or only stay for a short while.

A great way to gain insight into your triggers and cope with your feelings is to seek the services of a mental health professional.

Put Yourself out There
Loneliness and boredom might be a problem for you if you are shy or socially anxious. Here are some things you could try to make this Christmas more memorable:

Reach out to Family Members or Friends
Scroll through your contact list and find people you get along with. Reach out and ask to
hang out. Together, you could decide on something that appeals to both of you.

Be Careful Though
Be careful of just agreeing to anything. The person could see this as a vulnerability and try to take advantage of you. Maintain your dignity and agree only to things that you are honestly comfortable with.

Prepare yourself for possible rejection or subtle hints of it. If the person does not want to go, take it in your stride and remind yourself that they have the right to say no.

In terms of hints, trust your instinct and your gut feeling if you believe that they are making excuses or trying to avoid spending time with you. It’s okay, they are probably avoiding the discomfort that comes with admitting this. Keep reaching out to others until you find
someone who’s genuinely interested.

Join a Wellness Therapy Program

Joining a wellness therapy program is a sound investment into the nourishment and flourishing of your mental health.
You’ll work alongside an expert and get insight into your emotions, and design strategies meant to help you manage any difficulties in your life.

At Wellness Therapy, I create highly personalised psychotherapy programs for short-term and long-term issues. Contact me and we can start your journey to healing today.



According to the World Health Organization, anxiety disorders affect an estimated 3.6 percent of the world’s population, and celebrities are far immune.
"In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing,” she said. “I will tell you when I realized that I thought, 'All right, if I don't calm down, I'm gonna be in serious trouble.” Oprah Winfrey said in a 2013 interview describing how anxiety nearly caused her to have a nervous breakdown.

Celebrities are just like us - many have opened up about their struggles with debilitating human emotions such as stress and anxiety. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Ryan Reynolds, Kim Kardashian West, and Selena Gomez have shared coping strategies for dealing with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental illnesses. Despite their individual struggles, these five inspiring celebrities illustrate that a road to recovery is possible.

These 5 celebrities share their personal struggles with anxiety, depression and other mental disorders

Lady Gaga

Well-known for her fight to end the stigma surrounding mental health, Lady Gaga has been upfront about her own battle with depression, anxiety and PTSD. Gaga’s goal has been to inspire hope in others through her nonprofit organisation. The Grammy Award-winning singer says she suffered from anxiety and depression her whole life. In a talk show, she spoke about changing how she makes a decision, which helps with overcoming negative feelings.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has openly talked about dealing with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. In May 2017, a suicide bomber attacked the Manchester Arena in England where Ariana Grande was performing. The 25-year-old singer has admitted that things have never been the same for her since. Grande has said that she has been in therapy for 10 years, and continues to encourage her fans on how to cope with mental illness.

Stephen Colbert

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert shared he started having panic attacks in his late 20s. Colbert told Rolling Stones that creating something is what helped him from spinning apart “...like an unweighted flywheel”. Known for making people laugh, the talk show host has gone through mental health struggles of his own. Colbert has openly shared how medication has been a huge help in his road to recovery and healthier wellbeing.


The singer recently revealed that she experiences stage fright and anxiety attacks before and occasionally during her performances. While many singers and performers have experienced some level of anxiety performing, this is note the case for Adele. “my heart feels like it’s going to explode.” she told fans.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds has opened up to the public, sharing how a tough father impacted him as a child and the effects it had into his adulthood. Reynolds has had anxiety struggles for many years, fortunately however, with the support of his wife Blake Lively and close friends, he is able to ground himself as well as pursue his dreams such as his role in the Deadpool movie series.

Remember, you’re not alone

Demi Lovato, Emma Stone, Prince Harry and Adele all deal with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic disorders. So remember, you’re not alone. And given the demanding nature of life these days, hope and inspiration is welcome, always. There are many more inspiring actors, singers, tv personalities, stars and athletes who have not only been able to better manage their anxiety but also continue to strive at goals and aspirations.



Mental Health and Wellbeing Podcasts That You Should Hear

“1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England” according to stats published on Mind for Better Health.

Whatever you’re interested in, there’s sure to be a podcast you can subscribe to. The beauty of a podcast is that it has the ability to be both entertaining and informative. Taking into consideration that hustle and bustle has become more prevalent, podcasts afford the easiest way to digest captivating and informative content whilst doing something else.

Pay attention to your mental health

It’s really important to pay attention to your mental health right now. It could be that you have mental health struggles, or supporting someone who is. Listening to an informative podcast can help you find support and a sense of community. Fortunately, there are plenty of podcasts about mental health support and general wellbeing.

5 Podcasts about mental health rated best to subscribe to

Bryony Gordon’s Mad World

Brought to you by The Telegraph, Bryony Gordon’s Mad World is a charming interview-based podcast focusing on mental health and those who’ve been affected. Her guests include people of all walks of life, esteemed guests including writers, actors, chefs, and tv personalities. Royalty has graced the podcast in the form of Prince Harry in 2007. Join in on the sentiment that “it’s totally normal to feel weird” as the podcast tagline encourages its listeners.

Mentally Yours

Mentally Yours is hosted by Ellen Scott and Yvette Caster from metro.co.uk, who opens conversation about the opposing factors toward mental health. The hosts chat to inspirational guests about their own struggles and share helpful tips along the way. The approach is to leave stigma about mental illness at the door as the hosts offer a safe space for dialogue on mental health through uncompromising and honest discussions.

Tiny Leaps, Big Changes

Gregg Clunis believes that personal development is achieved by continuously taking many tiny leaps that lead to major changes in life. In his podcast, Tiny Leaps, Big Changes, Gregg shares day-to-day coping strategies that you can incorporate to start the gears towards personal goals. While mental health is not the core focus of this podcast, Gregg’s philosophy is all about understanding the factors that cause a life of dissatisfaction. Clunis offer listeners changes that will positively impact on your wellbeing and mental health.


Stephen Hays offers listeners a safe space to learn and come to understand addiction, mental illness, recovery and hope. In Stigma, the host shares his road to recovery from addiction, living with type-1 bipolar disorder and untreated mental illness. What’s more, he invites the guidance of experts including doctors, entrepreneurs and others who help people lead a life of good health and wellness.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health.

In his podcast Let’s Talk About Mental Health, Jeremy Godwin covers different topics about working towards improving your mental health and wellbeing. In each episode, you can expect topics and practical advice for making the most of your mental health and wellbeing.

Find mental health support

If you are feeling stressed, despondent, discouraged - know that you’re not alone. Work towards finding mental health support that works for you. There are many therapists, people and organisations out there who will do their best to help you obtain the support you need. Exploring the topics on the podcasts above may hopefully help you find some ideas to cope with your struggles or in supporting someone close to you.



Inspiring Documentaries on Netflix That Will Change the Way You See Your Health

These Netflix films and series may help you find new ways to improve your health and wellbeing

We binge watch in good times and bad times - a guilty pleasure that we all indulge in now and again. Would it be possible to put your Netflix binge time toward your mental health and wellbeing? There are many inspirational and thought-provoking documentaries and films that encourage its viewers to explore the different ways you can lead the healthier life you desire.

10 Netflix Health Documentaries That You Should Watch

Turn your time on the couch into learning a plethora of information with these 10 inspirational documentaries worth your time.

Heal (2017)

Explore the state of American healthcare in this health documentary which illustrates how many Americans are chronically stressed. Did you know that chronic stress compromises the immune system? The type of food you eat is said to be one of the contributing factors and causes for chronic stress.

In Heal, you’ll learn about the food we eat from experts with medical, spiritual, and psychological backgrounds. They offer insight into causes for chronic stress and ways to make improvements.

Rotten (2017)

There’s many theories and tested-strategies that have proven to help people lead healthier lives. The film Rotten will make you reconsider the food you’re eating. The documentary outlines and analyses the process of growing, producing, manufacturing and eating of food.

hat’s more, how manufacturers, especially in the U.S are unable to keep up with demands of the consumer. The goal is to eat food that benefits your wellbeing, this is achieved by knowing where your food comes from and conscious consumption.

Period. End of Sentence (2018)

Period. End of Sentence is an inspiring 25-minute film, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Part of what inspired the director to create Period. End of Sentence was inspired by the story of a group of women from a small village in India who were stigmatized for getting their periods.

What’s beautiful about this story is that when a group of American high school students heard about these women in India, they worked towards raising money. They used the money raised to send the women a low-cost biodegradable pad-making machine.

The Truth About Alcohol (2016)

In the UK, new guidelines recommended that men and women drink less alcohol, lowering it to six pints of beer a week.. It inspired British ER doc Javid Abdelmoneim to seek the truth about alcohol.

Though informative, the documentary host isn't shy from adding humour as he explores what are the health risks of drinking alcohol regularly.
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The End Game (2018)

This 40-minute documentary covers the topic of death delicately with viewers. Many people are afraid to think or talk about dying. The End Game challenges and guides you to address what is inevitable for us all - dying. The documentary takes viewers through the lives of terminally ill patients in palliative care, counseling, or a hospice.

The Magic Pill (2019)

In need of inspiration to eat healthier? The Magic Pill breaks down one of the most popular diets - du joir: the ketogenic diet.

The movie features a 10-week experiment on people who have attempted to combat illness by undergoing this unique diet. See the outcome the ketogenic diet has on the lives of these people in the experiment.

Queer Eye (2018)

Learn what it means to find what makes you uniquely beautiful. Follow the “Fab Five” as they share their exquisite taste and expertise in fashion, interior design, food and their perception of self-love.

The Fab Five meet interesting and sincere people in U.S and Japan who are in need of motivation to find what makes them uniquely beautiful and ways to exercise self-love.

Resurface (2017)

Regarded as one of the most heartfelt Netflix originals, the programme follows a group of military veterans suffering from post-traumatic disorder (PTSD).

Watch as these courageous veterans on a road to healing and rediscovering their emotional and physical strength through surf therapy.


InnSaei (2016)

Take a moment to reflect during these uncertain times and find inner peace as InnSaei serves a perfect guide. The film takes viewers on an enlightening journey to explore the power of intuition and how it impacts the way me make changes in life.


Minimalism (2015)

Minimalism helps viewers to discover (or rediscover) that sometimes, it’s the little things where we’ll find true happiness. The film will fuel you with positive energy and spark encouragement to change the way you see the world, no matter what walk of life you follow.



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How Can Psychotherapy and Counselling Help?

Everyone experiences anxiety differently so the therapy process is tailored to your needs. Rather than just focusing on the symptoms, psychotherapy and counselling can help by addressing the underlying issues which are fuelling anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Counselling offers a safe and non-judgemental space to examine what your mind and body are telling you while exploring and challenging your thoughts and the meaning of your anxiety.

By taking a deeper look at what might be contributing to your worries, it’s possible to make meaningful and longer-lasting changes.

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