Yes, the shops are full of mince pies and stocking fillers, and the Christmas tunes are on repeat; Christmas is nigh! Often considered the jolliest time of the year, December can be packed full of activities and expectations. Friends and families are expected to spend quality time together, trekking halfway across the country, sharing stories, catching up, and preparing the feast of all feasts.
Whilst this is all wonderful, the notion that we must all be constantly ‘merry’ can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. And for neurodivergent people, Christmas can be a time of heightened anxiety levels brought on by overindulgence, sensory overload, a change to the normal routine, and overwhelming social expectations.
What can we do to ensure everyone enjoys Christmas?
Everybody thinks and feels differently about Christmas and the various aspects of it. So, let’s make sure we support others through this time of year with the following tips:
Self-care at Christmas
Everyone is busy at Christmas and we can feel extra pressure to try to do too much. And if this sounds like you, take a breath and accept that there is no such thing as the ‘perfect Christmas’. Remind yourself of these key points:
So, whatever you do this Christmas, make sure it's a very merry, neuro-inclusive one!