We are all hoping for a relaxing and Merry Christmas celebration, but for many of us, the run up to and Christmas and the day itself can be a very stressful time.

Mind Monmouthshire acknowledges feeling under pressure for the “big day” is a normal part of Christmas. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

The constant bombardment of images of the traditional snowy, happy, cheerful Christmas can add huge pressure to families and those living alone. However, this isn’t to say that Christmas has to be a hard and a stressful time.

It can be brilliant, providing all the good things we expect and more. But it’s important to recognise that during this time we should think about our mental health well-being. To do this requires time, effort and investment in ourselves. Ignoring our own well-being may just make it more stressful in the long run.

Therefore, Mind Monmouthshire will be running free, short informal workshops to help people understand how to manage stress during the festive season.

The courses are designed to be 2.5 - 3 hours offering a bite sized opportunity to understand stress and acquire skills and techniques to develop personal resilience.

These workshops will be informal and interesting. Visit Mind Monmouthshire Facebook Page or ring 01873 858275 or email [email protected] to find out more about these workshops and to book a place.

The workshop in Abergavenny will be held on Thursday, December 13, between 10 and 12pm.