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Looking after yourself at Christmas

Christmas is an exciting, lovely time of year, but it can also be stressful and tiring. And if you’re worried about your family’s health, wellbeing or finances, the festive period can sometimes make these worries seem even bigger. Our page on finding support has lots of information on where you can get help and advice on financial issues, childcare, wellbeing and more.

Here are some tips for looking after yourself at this busy time of year. Our page on looking after yourself during winter has more ideas.

Staying safe from coronavirus

Unfortunately coronavirus hasn’t gone away yet, so however you spend the festive period, it’s important that you take care to protect yourself, your family and your community.

Here’s how:

  • get the COVID-19 vaccine when you're offered it 
  • wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and other places where distancing is difficult
  • meet other people outdoors if possible, as this is safer than meeting indoors
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly 
  • keep a safe distance from other people where you can
  • everyone, including under 5s, should self-isolate and book a test if they have COVID-19 symptoms – this means they shouldn’t go into nursery or school if they have symptoms
  • take a test at home twice a week
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • open windows and doors regularly to ventilate your home
  • download the Protect Scotland app.

You can get more advice on our page on staying safe during coronavirus and at the gov.scot website.