Christmas is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year.
It is also the most stressful, expensive and sometimes lonely time of the year for many people.
As the construction industry takes a break for Christmas, we want you to look after your wellbeing while you are away from work.
We also want you to look out for signs in others that they may not be okay.
Christmas is not much fun for some people.
And even when it is, the excesses in eating, drinking and spending can leave us not feeling our best.
Many people find that:
- When trying to create a perfect Christmas it doesn’t live up to the reality.
- Pressure and stress builds up, caused by having too much to do.
- There is huge financial pressure to give your children and family what they want for Christmas.
- You might be on your own or missing a loved one.
- Into the new year, when credit card bills start arriving and we all have to get back to work, it can be difficult for some people to feel like they are coping.
So, here are some tips on having a Christmas that has less impact on your stress levels!
- Watch your spending. Budget for what you can and think ahead to paying off bills.
- Don’t feel obligated to other people.
- Make time for yourself, doing the things you want to do, with the people you like doing them with!
- Don’t let drink ruin your days off work.
- Have some ‘lighter’ days where you eat better and drink less (or not at all!)
- Get outside – even for a walk. Do some activities that get you out of the house.
- Rest and recharge! You have earned it.
Are you okay? Support is available over Christmas.
If you or anyone you know is struggling over Christmas, the following helplines and links will offer support.
Use them. These organisations help thousands of people every year:
The Construction Industry Helpline: 0345 605 1956
The Samaritans: 116 123
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) 5pm- Midnight: 0800 58 58 58 or online chat service on the website
Alcohol & Drugs
Drinkline: 0300 123 1110
Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 917 7650 or online chat on the website
Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 999 1212
Talk to Frank: 0300 123 6600
National Debt Line: 0808 808 4000
The Construction Charity Helpline: 0345 605 1956
Remember you are not alone.
There is always someone to listen and support you.