Christmas can be a hectic and stressful time for so many people. For some this might be good fun and lovely stress but for others it might be full of sadness and worry. For many people and for many different reasons Christmas is a difficult time; it can be a time when we remember and miss loved ones that are no longer with us, or a time when other stresses build up to a peak. For some people it can be a lonely time. If you are having counselling or receiving other support then you will most likely be having a break from it. Alternatively, even if you normally manage on your own, you may find this time of year more difficult.
If you feel you need support what can you do? Have you considered calling Samaritans? This wonderful organisation is available 24 hours a day. You can telephone anytime, or if you prefer to see someone in person many centres offer the opportunity for you to visit the centre during the day. Their volunteers are all trained to a high standard and the service is confidential. Who else can you turn to if you wake in the night or can’t sleep at all and feel lonely and sad?
In my work I really try to encourage people to turn to this wonderful service when they need to. Talking really does help and talking in confidence can be liberating and powerful.
Should you or someone you know need it, here is a link to Samaritans website: http://www.samaritans.org
Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas.