iiNet is a proud sponsor of Lifeline WA. In this article written by Karla Williams from Lifeline WA, we take some time out to think about those around us, how they might be feeling and ways to relieve potential stress during the festive season.
Christmas for a lot of people is a time for celebrating with family and friends and a time to relax. However, for some, the holiday season can heighten feelings of isolation or loneliness, and issues relating to financial problems, illness, relationships or loss can intensify stress associated with this time of year. Now is the time to take the appropriate steps to ensure that you, as well as your family, friends and colleagues stay “emotionally safe” over this period.
Recognise the symptoms
First and foremost, it is important to be aware of your own limits and to recognise the signs of stress, anxiety or depression. These can include symptoms such as irritability, tiredness or loss of appetite. About 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health problem that requires professional treatment at some time in their life. Many more will experience times of crisis, stress, depression or anxiety. It’s important to know that you don’t have to face these problems by yourself.
Help is always available
It is good to seek out help. Seeking help can be anything from chatting to a friend to obtaining advice from your GP. For those who have lost a loved one, through death, relationship failure, or relocation, holidays can be especially difficult as they can reawaken the grieving process. It can be an anniversary of a loss, or even the first Christmas without that particular person. There isn’t any gauge or measure of how long you will feel pain after a loss. It is important to take time to grieve the loss. It is not healthy for you to ignore these feelings as it will probably prolong the pain. One tip that may help is to dedicate an activity or moment during the holiday season to reflect on the time spent with that particular person.
For those who are already experiencing financial problems, Christmas can be an increasingly difficult time. Seeking advice on how to budget over this period can help. Keep in mind that Christmas is about spending time with family and friends, and not necessarily the money associated with it.
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