• Manage family time
  • When people expect too much, be assertive. Say NO!
  • Ask family to help wherever possible
  • Give troublesome people a task


  • Budget
  • Avoid temptation
  • Help children to be realistic about what to expect

Loneliness and Loss

This time of year can be a lonely, isolating time for some.

Plan ahead and keep connected to people:

  • Organise to spend time with others in a similar situation
  • Invite others to spend time with you or your family
  • Start new traditions


  • Do not be too hard on yourself
  • Try and go for healthy options some of the time
  • Careful with portion sizes
  • Resist going back for seconds


  • Pace yourself
  • Drink water between drinks
  • Plan what you will drink and when
  • Look for alcohol-free options


  • Get some exercise when you can
  • Exercise can reduce tension and pain
  • It can boost your mood and support sleep

Take Time Out

  • Recharge your batteries by doing what calms you – reading, listening to music, watching movies


  • Laughter can lighten your mood as it releases feel-good hormones and decreases stress hormones


  • Deep breathing can be an excellent way to lower stress and pain levels
  • Breathing exercises are easy to learn. You can do them whenever you want
  • Try different exercises to see which works best for you.
  • Find breathing exercises at

More Information and Support

Other options for support include:

  • Healthline 0800 611116 – 24 hours 7 days a week
  • To speak to a trained counsellor phone or text 1737 anytime

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