First Psychology Assistance
15 Dec 2020

First Psychology's Twelve Days Of Christmas Wellbeing

Once we're through the big build up, the festive season can go a bit flat and wellbeing can go out of the window in favour of sitting indoors over indulging in rich foods. So this year we'll be posting wellbeing tips daily throughout the 12 days of Christmas - from 25 December 2020 to 5 January 2021 to help boost your wellbeing and give you a boost into the New Year.

Make sure you join us to find out what a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese are laying, seven swans are swimming, eight maids are milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords are leaping, eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming have to do with wellbeing. 

Here are all of our '12 days of Christmas' posts

Day 1  A Partridge In A Pear Tree

Just like the partridge, it's important for your wellbeing to find your happy place. Read more >

Action: Imagine your happy place and take time today to transport yourself there.

Day 2  Two Turtle Doves

We all need someone to love and cherish us, and humans, like doves, tend to pair up. Read more to find out how to get some of that new relationship spark back. Read more >

Action: Nurture your relationships. Plan some new activities that you and your partner could do together. 

Day 3  Three French Hens

Human beings are social animals, so it's important for our mental health and general wellbeing to make time for friendships. Read more >

Action: Make time for friends. Find time to give a friend a call today to see how they are.

Day 4  Four Calling Birds

We communicate in lots of different ways and we make judgements about people using a range of non-verbal cues. Read more >

Action: What is your body telling others? Think about the non-verbal messages you are sending others and practise changing them. 

Day 5  Five Gold Rings

If you find you never have time for the things that matter and are precious to you, then you need to have a rethink. Read more >

Action: Prioritise what matters to you most. You will stay closer to your true self and feel happier and more fulfilled.

Day 6  Six Geese Are Laying

Practising mindfulness or relaxation techniques can help the body reset and build reserves to help you cope during more stressful times. Read more >

Action: Take five or ten minutes today to practise some relaxation or mindfulness exercises.

Day 7  Seven Swans Are Swimming

While swans appear serene, there's a lot going on beneath the water. People are similar – you can’t always know how hard others are working. Read more >

Action: Consider your achievements. How have you grown? Don't be tempted to compare yourself to others!

Day 8  Eight Maids Are Milking

Often people bottle things up and don’t want to ‘burden’ others with their problems. But other people can be a huge support. It's important to make use of all the resources available to you. Read more >

Action: Don't bottle things up. A problem shared really is a problem halved. Think about sharing your feelings with someone you trust.

Day 9  Nine Ladies Dancing

Research shows that regular exercise can improve our mental and physical wellbeing. Find something you enjoy and keep moving. Read more >

Action: Think of a new exercise you could try today and plan to spend at least 15 minutes giving it a try.

Day 10  Ten Lords Are Leaping

If you’re thinking of making a change it’s important to really think about what you want and how you can make it work. Read more >

Action: Improve yourself. Choose one thing you want to change and plan how to get there. Set yourself mini goals along the way and rewards for achieving them.

Day 11  Eleven Pipers Piping

Music has been shown to affect our mood. It can calm us down, energise us, or make us happy or sad. Read more about the benefits of music >

Action: Enjoy some music. Make yourself comfortable, put your favourite sounds on and just listen.

Day 12  Twelve Drummers Drumming

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, but we can decide to set ourselves a new rhythm. Often one small change can start the ball rolling. Read more >

Action: Write down two things you'd like to achieve this year and focus on working towards those goals.