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Five Christmas tips for the anxious

Christmas can be a difficult time for those suffering with mental health difficulties, especially anxiety. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers five ideas for managing Christmas

Confession time: I find Christmas really hard. I used to think I was alone in this, but the more open and honest I’ve been about it, the more I have realised I am far, far from alone.

Instead of just battening down the hatches and bah humbugging until new year, I have learnt to manage the festive season and reclaim a little Christmas joy. So in this article I am going to share five tips for managing the festive season that may be helpful for you, or a colleague or a pupil you are supporting.

These ideas are especially helpful for people with autism or anxiety disorders, but use them as a starting point for discussion with anyone who finds the festive season tricky.

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