News Keep Christmas Merry: top tips for avoiding festive fatigue Amidst the Christmas celebrations it’s important to avoid getting bogged down with festive fatigue. We know Christmas can be a stressful time of year. Whether you’re worried about your finances or cooking family dinner, it’s important to look after yourself and your Tinnitus. We asked our new British Tinnitus Association staff members for their top tips on how to avoid festive fatigue. Here’s what they had to say: Patrick Morrison - Tinnitus Support Advisor Be Kind – Don’t Rewind: Tinnitus is a difficult condition to manage long-term. Get ahead of it by not beating yourself up or regretting past actions which could be blamed for your tinnitus appearing. You can’t undo the past, but you can improve your present by focusing on today and changing how you think about your tinnitus. Look at our self-help guides, try things which expand your horizons, take care of yourself and be excellent to one another in 2020. Kerry Chase – Head of Communications Magic of Mindfulness: Allow yourself mindful moments amid the Christmas chaos. Whether it’s for one minute or one hour, redirect your focus and bust stress with some mindful ‘me’ time. Colleen Hewitt – Tinnitus Support Manager Paying it forward: I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Let this season be about blessing someone else, doing something kind for someone you don’t necessarily know and who isn’t expecting it. As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way. Angela Pollard – Fundraising Administration Assistant (Have) One More Sleep: Leona Lewis is a bit over excited for all those presents no doubt, but we all know that the more restful a sleep you can have the better the next day will be. Tinnitus can sometimes make this much more challenging. So, meditation, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and good sleep hygiene can help. Along with your favourite sounds on a sound therapy system. Kanaga Bujam – Finance Assistant Spend Time with Loved Ones: The holiday season offers an opportunity for lots of social interaction which can often be overwhelming. But reaching out to friends, family and neighbours might brighten their day and lessen the feelings of loneliness that may come around this time of year. Ellie Pollard – Events Administrator Walking in fresh air: Aled Jones is known for Walking In The Air and you can too! Getting outside for a 30-minute walk in the frosty air can help clear your mind and stretch your legs. Take your attention away from Christmas and your tinnitus, and refresh your mind and body by enjoying some fresh air. We hope our top tips help you avoid festive fatigue this winter. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the newest BTA staff members! From left to right: Pat Morrison, Angela Pollard, Kerry Chase, Kanaga Bujam, Ellie Pollard and Colleen Hewitt. Over the Christmas season we’ll be sharing lots of fun and useful information about tinnitus across our social media channels. Find the BTA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay in the loop about all things tinnitus.