Top tips for festive wellbeing

Christmas can be stressful in any year but 2020 pressures might make this year more intense than ever before.

Long nights and cold weather can impact our mental health, not to mention the presence of coronavirus, but there are steps we can take to help deal with the stress.

Mental health charity Mind gives practical tips on how to help yourself or others this Christmas.

The NHS also has practical tips about dealing with stress, including tips on mental wellbeing while remaining at home.

Kindness charity Action for Happiness has a Do Good December to download with ideas and prompts to take daily actions.

Although we’re more than half-way through the month already, you could go back over past dates and see if there are any you could still do.

There are also links to wellbeing organisations on the council’s website.

Help the Samaritans be there for others

Could you lend an ear and listen to people who are struggling?

The Weston and North Somerset branch of Samaritans needs new listeners to join the team as some existing volunteers are currently unable to come into the Weston-super-Mare-based branch.

The lines have been kept open day and night for people who are struggling through these uncertain and challenging times.

A survey within the charity suggests that one in three callers have talked about coronavirus, with many people feeling more anxious and distressed than before the pandemic.

Potential volunteers can go online to find information about what it takes.

Interviews and training are currently conducted over Zoom. Find out more by emailing the team.

If you need to speak to a Samaritan, call 116 123 free from any phone or visit the Samaritans website.