Dealing with stress during the festive season

Dec 2023

The festive season is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also be a time of stress and anxiety. With so much to do and so little time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips to help you deal with stress during the festive season:

  1. Plan ahead: Make a list of everything you need to do and set realistic deadlines for each task. This will help you stay organised and avoid last-minute panic.
  2. Set a budget: Financial stress is a common cause of anxiety during the festive season1. There is often pressure to have the “perfect” festive season, which can lead to overspending and financial stress. Set a budget for gifts, food, and other expenses, and stick to it.
  3. Take care of yourself: It’s important to take care of your physical and mental health during the festive season. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and make time for exercise.
  4. Learn to say no: It’s okay to say no to invitations or requests that will add to your stress levels. Prioritise your own needs and don’t feel guilty about putting yourself first.
  5. Connect with others: According to a survey conducted by the Red Cross in November 2022, 31% of Australians frequently feel lonely around Christmas. It’s important to remember that loneliness can be a difficult experience, but there are ways to cope with it. If you’re feeling lonely this holiday season, consider reaching out to friends and family, volunteering in your community, or seeking support from a mental health professional2
  6. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is a technique that involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. It can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety during the festive season.
  7. Take breaks: It’s important to take breaks throughout the day to recharge your batteries. Take a walk, read a book, or listen to music to help you relax.
  8. Listen to your body: Festive treats can be tempting but can lead to feelings of guilt and anxiety. Instead, enjoy them in moderation and make sure to stay hydrated.
  9. Be realistic: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to create the perfect festive experience. Remember that it’s okay if things don’t go according to plan.
  10. Ask for help: If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to friends, family members, or mental health professionals for support.

By following these tips, you can reduce stress and enjoy the festive season with peace of mind.

MetLife 360Health

If you’re suffering from stress and anxiety this festive period, as a MetLife customer you can access 360Health which can connect you with mental health specialists online. The service allows you, your partner and children (over 18 years) to access a confidential, in-depth mental health review from a team of Australian-based experts, and get your general mental health questions answered online.


  1. 1 million Aussies Financial Stressed
  2. Younger people and women feeling lonelier

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