NOW we’re in December, is it officially the festive season?

Some of you will say ‘cheers’ to that, but others will want to hide in the loft with last year’s Christmas tree.

This time of year is associated with good will, partying and buying presents - but not everyone feels able to get into the festive spirit.

For some, the prospect of Christmas and New Year can create additional pressure and even become a burden.

If you or someone you’re close to struggles with this time of year then it’s useful to remember the following 10 tips for looking after your wellbeing:

Talking about your feelings to someone you trust can help improve your mood.

Why not do something you’re good at, like a hobby that you love?

This next one could be the hardest step to take, but it really is ok to ask for help.

It’s tempting to overindulge at Christmas, but if you try to find a balance between the mince pies and eating well, plus drinking sensibly, then this can have a positive effect on your mood.

This is a busy time of year, but don’t forget to take a break and have a well-earned rest. You’ll certainly need it if you follow the next tip of keeping active. A brisk walk should do the trick.

I wrote last week about social isolation, so keeping in touch with family and your community is especially important at this time of year.

Everyone is different and celebrates their own way, so try to accept who you are and not feel pressured into doing things you’re not comfortable with.

And finally, for me, this represents the true meaning of Christmas - care for others.

Being kind to the people around you can help you feel good, and that doesn’t mean buying the biggest, most expensive present!