Christmas in the UK seems to become more manic and commercialised each year, whilst growing numbers of people suffer from loneliness and depression which can be exacerbated at this time of year. The Christmas-hype can obscure the real opportunity of holidays and celebrations, as I see it. These occasions help us pause and reflect, foster closer connections with those we love or within our communities, and encourage charitable actions. Additionally, the end of one calendar year and the start of another can nudge us to make adjustments in our lives to bring more health, joy and meaning.
I recently attended a special carol concert in the privileged setting of Marlborough College’s chapel, in aid of Hope & Homes for Children, a charity that helps find homes for children in Europe and Africa who have no parents and who are living in institutionalised care. How easy it is to take our blessings for granted!
Wendy Bramham MBACP (Snr Accred)
Psychotherapist & Counselling Supervisor
Proprietor & Clinic Director