Be kind to your health

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

FI­NAN­CIAL hard­ship, fam­ily con­flict and lone­li­ness can in­crease stress for peo­ple with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion in the lead up to Christ­mas and New Year cel­e­bra­tions.

be­yond­blue clin­i­cal ad­viser Dr Stephen Car­bone said peo­ple with men­tal health con­di­tions should start think­ing about cop­ing strate­gies now.

“Com­mon trig­gers for peo­ple with men­tal health con­di­tions dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod in­clude bud­get stress, be­ing in­vited to more so­cial en­gage­ments or be­ing left on your own, and the pres­sure of liv­ing up to ex­pec­ta­tions,” Dr Car­bone said.

“Most peo­ple find the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod stress­ful, but if you have anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion an in­creased level of stress may cause an es­ca­la­tion of the con­di­tion.”

Men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als are avail­able 24/7 on 1300 224 636.

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