Healthy Holidays

Staying mentally healthy these holidays is vital to make sure you make it your happiest season yet.

Christmas and the end of the year can be a joyous and festive time; however, it can also be a stressful time for many. Here are some helpful tips on how to prioritise your mental health and wellbeing this Christmas and holiday period:


Talk about how you are feeling

If you are feeling stressed, sad or overwhelmed by the upcoming holidays speak up. It’s ok to express how you are feeling.

Do something you enjoy

Christmas often comes with lots of “to do lists”, make sure you also make time to do things that you enjoy and find relaxing.

Stay connected

Spend time with others who you enjoy being around and make you feel good. Friends and family are great supports.

Stick to what you know

We’re not all the next Jamie Oliver in the kitchen, or an interior designer with the decorations, so remember to stick to your strengths this Christmas. Trust me the person who bags up all the discarded wrapping paper will be just as valuable as the person who cooks the ham.

Drink sensibly

Holidays can be a time where we might indulge in alcohol a little more freely. Remember to drink responsibly.

Spend wisely

While we may feel pressure to spend allot of money on Christmas – presents, food etc. It is important to set a budget for yourself and stick to it. Remember Christmas isn’t all about the presents it’s about spending time with those you care about and having a good time.

Eat well

It’s very easy to overindulge in all the delicious foods around Christmas, but it’s important to remember to maintain a balanced diet and enjoy all of those delicious treats in moderation.

Keep active

Keep active over the holidays as much as you can doing whatever activities you enjoy. Walking around the neighbourhood looking at Christmas lights is a great way to stay active.

Take a break

The most important part of this holiday is to take a break from the busy year and unwind. Make sure you schedule in some time just to relax and unwind.

Care for others (not just presents)

Be compassionate towards others who may find the holiday period difficult for whatever reason. Where you can look out for others, support your local charities in whatever way you can, and check in on others especially those who may not have friends or family close by.

Ask for help

Most importantly if you are struggling during this Christmas holidays, remember there are supports available so please reach out.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Mental Health Line : 1800 011 511

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

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