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How to look after yourself during a stressful Christmas

Self-care is sometimes thought of as self-indulgent and time-consuming – perhaps even a little bit boring. If you are under pressure during a divorce or other legal proceedings you may feel time for yourself is limited. It is, however, an area which is under your control and well worth focusing on. This can be highly beneficial if many other areas of your life are feeling out of control. If life feels like it is running away from you, it can be a courageous step forward to implement a self-care routine.  Building mental resilience through routine and self-care can help manage your mood and overall feelings of well-being and can be at the fore front of how to look after yourself during a stressful Christmas.

It is easy to take looking after yourself for granted but often the first thing we neglect is ourselves. Deviations from our usual routines can start to show very quickly in our mental wellness.

Prioritising your well-being through a sustainable routine can help you find a balance in times of adversity. Consider your basic needs and start from there. Think about your physiological needs – consider eating, sleeping and breathing. These seemingly basic functions are the grounding force in our lives and understanding and working with this level of self-care can allow you to begin to improve how you feel in all other areas.

Addressing these areas and taking control over them can significantly improve your functioning and help you gain clarity over decision making. This can be crucial during a divorce or legal proceedings when thinking clearly can feel overwhelming. Working with the areas of your life that you can control can ultimately enable you to manage and process the areas that feel outside your reach. Looking after yourself is a good first step to maintaining and looking after your well-being.

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Emma Chamberlain is a respected and highly-qualified Counsellor / Psychotherapist based in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes. Emma is experienced with successfully working with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, emotional distress, low self-esteem, relationship problems, work-related problems, grief, bereavement and loss, fear, anger, trauma, self-harm, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, bullying, suicidal thoughts and those struggling with life’s transitional times.

Emma has a strong academic background including a BA (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. Emma worked extensively as a Counsellor for MIND – the UK’s leading mental health charity. Emma is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works to their ethical framework.

Emma works from a humanistic relational perspective following the Clarkson 5 Relationship Model. This offers a flexible relationship based approach to counselling / psychotherapy and can include CBT/ DBT and a range of other approaches. Emma’s current research interests include exploring how counsellors and clients work together when the client has Asperger Syndrome and she is experienced in working with adults on the Autistic Spectrum.

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