Plans for the holidays? Forget meetups at Christmas markets, most of us will spend the next few days processing a pandemic, tackling tricky family dynamics and attempting to celebrate Christmas at a social distance. Standard 2020 head wreck.
In this final edition of You OK? for 2020 psychotherapist and counselling psychologist Dr. Sinead Lynch and National Suicide Bereavement Support Coordinator, Oliver Skehan discuss the experience of the last few months including lowest points and positives they'll be trying to carry with them into the new year.
Over the course of a comforting and relaxed chat, Sinead and Oliver share the aspects of Christmas that can cause us to feel stressed, how we can stop them escalating, and other strategies for minding ourselves at this time of year.
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the stress of creating the perfect Christmas, flattened by a sense of loss that prevents you from joining in the fun, or just stuck playing out sibling squabbles from your childhood as an adult – this is the podcast for you this Christmas.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis this Christmas, you can find help and advice through the following organisations: The Samaritans – (01) 671 0071, Pieta House – 1800 247 247, Aware – 1800 80 48 48, Women's Aid - 1800 341 900, Alone - 0818 222 024.