We underestimate the impact that the time of year has on our mental health, and in a typically British way think that we should be able to power through no matter what. So if you're feeling pretty low at this time of year here are some things we can say to ourselves to combat that mental slump and improve our mood and motivation.
What if I said that there was a way to take better control of the foods you eat, to really understand what you can and can't eat as an individual eat? What if I said that you could have better insight about the foods or ingredients that affect you if at all?
It's hard to motivate yourself to go outside in grotty weather, but we are group creatures. Socialising lifts the spirits. Invite friends round to watch comedy shows on TV. Or tap into your inner child by going as a group - male as well as female - to a shopping centre or department store to have free makeovers at the beauty counters.
Despite being inundated with offers of support, I find myself repeatedly unable to pick up the phone or send a text when I most need help. It feels like too much of an intrusion on people's lives. I feel they have better or more important things to do, no matter how many times they tell me otherwise. But the one place I can always ask for help is Twitter.
Basically as you get older, you realise that you are not the only person in the world who worries about things. Everyone is riddled with insecurities, they just manifest them in different ways, or if they are really lucky, they have learned to overcome their difficulties (I recently re-read M Scott Peck's The Road Less Travelled and it was brilliant on this subject).
Many of us remember the tougher moments in the last year but rarely stop to reflect on everything that has gone well, made us feel good and even proud of ourselves. It's important to appreciate the good things in life as well as to learn from the bad experiences.
Teens need to understand that it's okay to have this huge mess of emotions, and they must be shown ways to deal with it: being equipped with proper tools will help prevent trauma leaving its mark and becoming anxiety or worse.
In post-crash Britain, we need to justify our existence by cramming every moment with activity. It's almost a competitive sport. To be busy has become about being needed - about being important. I met several people over Christmas who were so busy that they didn't take all their holidays this year.
Whether you're trying to get into healthy habits or reach new life and career goals, here are my top tips for achieving everything you want and really sticking to all those resolutions.
There are over 1billion young people aged 10-19 globally and at least one in five will have diagnosable mental health conditions in their lives, mostly rooted in experiences before the age of fourteen. Key contributors to this are adverse family, school and community circumstances as well as genetics, poverty, lack of jobs, poor nutrition, physical health conditions, conflict and trauma.
What's the first thing you do in the morning? Is it make a coffee, hug your spouse or check your smartphone? I'm guessing it's the latter. After all, the average person checks their phone 85 times a day, receives just over 100 emails and spends around three hours actively using the internet - so you'd probably need to get going with all of that from your first waking moment.
A very simple technique, the one minute meditation can easily be built into the working day. Consider introducing them during breaks, for instance, which are meant to refresh us but so often end up being extensions of work as we battle to finish something, check our emails or catch-up on calls.
EDS III almost broke me, but it also made me more capable. Exercising is not about how I look in a bikini, it's about how I walk. Physio is not a tiresome part of my day, it's what underpins my work. Eating a nutritious diet isn't a #wellness fad, it's the building blocks of my daily life.
My depression manifests as a large ball of darkness constantly weighing upon my shoulders. It speaks to me; never more than a whisper, and yet somehow always the loudest thing I can hear. All too often, it becomes the only thing.
Wrapped up in almost complete darkness with only the blue-white glow of the moon giving off light and for the first time in my life I'm not afraid of the dark. Alone in my little cabin in the woods I breathe in the night and tumble effortlessly into sleep to visit the dream world.
Each year, it gets bigger, brighter, louder and more extravagant, but for some, Christmas isn't always considered the most wonderful time of the year! In fact, for many, Christmas can cause worry, stress and anxiety, with Samaritans reporting a huge increase in phone calls during the festive period.