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I find it hard to manage emotionally at Christmas

Christmas can be a really difficult time for some people.  Not everyone has good memories of Christmas.  Some people find the whole organising, present buying and social calendar really stressful.

Some people have mental health issues which can be triggered by events around Christmas. It can serve as a reminder of difference, disadvantage, unpleasant childhood and family experiences, unmet goals, lack of a family/partner…and the list goes on.

So what can you do:

  • If you see a mental health professional make sure that you have your appointments booked or alternative arrangements in place before and after the holiday season
  • Make sure that you are stock up on medication
  • If you are travelling be sure to take your prescriptions with you
  • Plan your events – work out in advance what you are happy to attend and what you need to excuse yourself from
  • People will want to see you over Christmas.  Try and space out visits and book them across the season – both before and after Christmas.
  • Plan you shopping – don’t get caught out having to go to crowded shopping centre looking for last minute things
  • You can always shop on line for gifts and have groceries if you need to avoid the shops entirely.
  • Make Christmas for you.  If you have only had negative experiences at Christmas then it is time that you take back the season and make it your own.  How would you like your Christmas? What can you do to make this happen?  Start small and make sure that you enjoy it.
  • Arrange for a support person/buddy/friend to be there to discuss issues with you (If you have no one you can always call Lifeline or Kids Help Line – or a similar service in your country.  They want you to call!)

Not feeling so hot?

Kids Help Line:, 1800 55 1800

Life Line:, 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636