The festive season is upon us and, for many, it is the season to be jolly. However, here at FaceUp2It, we understand that not everybody will feel the joys of the season. If you are living with anxiety or other mental ill-health, lack self-confidence or are worried about your appearance, it can be hard to live up to the expectations of a happy, joyous Christmas.
Firstly, it will help to recognise there is no such thing as a ‘perfect Christmas’ and no-one should be expected to live up to the images portrayed in the media and movies.
Rather than try to recreate a ‘chocolate box’ Christmas experience, it is more realistic to acknowledge the true meaning and enjoyment of the festivities will come from recognising the smaller seasonal touches. Cherish the extra time with family and friends; look for the joy in the little things; embrace the fresh air on winter walks; sing along to familiar Christmas music, indulge in some tasty foods and be mindful of the joy brought by giving and receiving gifts.
Our FaceUp2It skincare and anxiety experts would like to share a few tips to help you face the festive season with a little more confidence and positivity.
Calming strategies if you’re feeling overwhelmed
From Nicola Bonn – beauty, wellbeing and anxiety expert (Outspoken Beauty)
Large gatherings can be overwhelming – from formal work dos to informal family get-togethers. Acknowledge you may find these difficult and allow yourself to take time out if necessary.
- Take a short break from the festivities if you feel you need it: schedule in breaks so you can have some alone time.
- Don’t be afraid to tell someone you know that you’re feeling a bit rubbish and ask if you can go off for a minute for a chat.
- Use tools you know that will help calm you down – such as taking deep breaths or using an app like Headspace ahead of an event.
- Remember you’re your own person and must do what is right for you: take a moment to regroup by stepping aside – or even outside - for a while
Best face forwards tip for a clear skin and tricks to combat untimely breakouts
From Julia Vearncombe – beautician, skincare expert and founder of Skin:Genius
We’ve all been there: you’re preparing to go out and then your skin breaks out! Whether a spot has sprung up on your nose or clusters of pimples are breaking through, what can you do?
- Prevention is the best action – use products that contain ingredients designed to PREVENT breakouts and spots as well as reducing what’s already there
- Routine is key – use your skincare every morning and every night – however hectic the party season turns out to be!
- Always remove your make-up before bedtime – this will unblock pores and get rid of unwanted bacteria
- Get a good night’s sleep and keep hydrated to give your skin a boost
Quick beauty fixes to boost your confidence
- Invest in a good, natural looking foundation that will help conceal any imperfections – apply a light touch, not too thick, as that will only draw more attention to any blemishes
- Trust mascara to open up your eyes and make them look bigger and shine
- Apply lipstick - a pop of colour brightens everyone’s skin tone.
Bolster your confidence in social situations
The ‘full on’ socialising that goes with Christmas can be unnerving but here are some confidence boosting tips to help you step into the room with more ease.
- Hold yourself tall and smile
- Smile - it will send happy signals to your brain, will make you look and feel happy and helps others too.
- When it comes to starting a conversation, compliment the other person and ask how they are. (They may well say they’re feeling nervous in which case you can help each other!)
- Don’t overthink stuff – go with the flow
Still need help?
All that said, it’s still okay not be ok – even at Christmas. If you find this time of year difficult, please confide in a family member or friend and let them know how you're feeling. Charities are also ready to help you navigate your way through the festive season: here are some you may find helpful.
We wish you love and peace at Christmastime and a brave new year!