Support for your mental health and wellbeing

Buying gifts isn’t the only way we can show care over the holidays.

Christmas can be a stressful or lonely time for many of us. Here’s some tips on getting through the holiday season:

  • Talking about your feelings can help your mood and make it easier to deal with tough times. Make a list of people you can speak to if you are worried about your well-being.
  • Reach out to other people who may be struggling or feeling lonely, arrange a catch up or ask about their plans.
  • Don’t feel pressured to provide an insta-worthy Christmas. Do what’s right for you and your whānau and try get some real rest.
  • Watch your alcohol intake, it can be fun to have festive drinks, but know your limits and be respectful of others’.

“The holiday season can be a difficult time for some of us and contribute to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Remember to check in on your family, friends and neighbours, even a friendly wave or a quick phone call can keep everyone feeling connected,” says Dr Sarah Clarke.

If you, or someone you know needs help now, there is a range of resources and support lines available across Aotearoa:

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