Be kind to your health
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.