Well your Christmas plans might not be coming together like you thought they would.

And if you are feeling overwhelemd by the season instead of uplifted, the Foothills Community Counselling Program is here to help.

“For a healthy self anytime, and especially during the holidays, pay attention to sleep and down time, nutrition and exercise,” says Toby Malloy, lead counsellor. “Are you getting enough rest and practicing healthy eating habits? Exercise can include something as simple as a walk, some stargazing, yoga or light stretching, even an impromptu dance party to some seasonal tunes!”

Malloy also explains that social connections are important, particularly if the season is a difficult time due to feelings of isolation, financial stress, family difficulties, or the loss of a loved one.

“Feeling connected during the holidays might mean visiting with friends and family, volunteering in your community or attending events,” adds Malloy. “Balance is important too and sometimes that means we might need to pick and choose, and actually say no to some events and activities in order to say yes to some quiet time alone or with others.”

 For those who enjoy time alone or with smaller groups, creating time for baking some cookies, reading a book, watching a movie or playing a board game are some options.

“Overall, take it easy on yourself and consider how you most want to spend your time this holiday season and what’s most important to you. This can help to simplify, prioritize and organize your yuletide plans,” says Malloy. “Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed.”

The Foothills Community Counselling Program is located in the Family and Community Support Services offices in the Charles Clark Medical Centre, #101 303 9 Avenue S.W. and can be reached by phone at 403-603-3549 or email at [email protected]

 You can also call:

Rural Addictions & Mental Health  clinics in High River, Okotoks and Black Diamond. at 1-877-652-4700

Distress Centre:                                                403-266-1605

Emergency Services:                                         911


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