Tips for managing mental health this festive season
Image: headspace Dubbo staff
Christmas is a time to connect with people and celebrate the year, however for many the festive season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Financial issues, family conflict and loneliness can increase stress for young people with anxiety or depression.
headspace Dubbo is encouraging young people to find ways to ensure they look after their mental health during the festive season.
Amy Mines, headspace Dubbo Community Engagement Officer says there are many strategies people can adopt to help them keep a healthy headspace during Christmas and look after their mental health.
“Be kind to yourself and ensuring you allow time to do the things you enjoy is really important. Manage your expectations about Christmas day, spend time with people who are supportive, and know that it’s ok to say no to things.
Christmas doesn’t have to include a huge to-do list or be crammed with activities out of obligation or tradition,” Ms Mines said.
Managing your finances around this time of year can be stressful. One way to manage is to not spend money if you aren’t able to comfortably do so – it will only bring stress in to the new year. Instead, you could give meaningful gifts such as homemade baked treats, a babysitting voucher or offering to help with the dishes after Christmas lunch.
Ms Mines also suggests that maintaining a healthy diet during the festive season can be beneficial to healthy headspace.
“On top of these strategies, it’s also helpful to eat a healthy diet, cut back on alcohol and other drugs, stay active and get enough sleep,’ Ms Mines said.
headspace Dubbo operates lead agency Marathon Health, and is supported by funding from Western NSW Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.