Surviving the festive season

For most, the festive season is a time to celebrate, relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Unfortunately for many, the pressure of this time of year can become an overwhelming and stressful time.

Christmas is supposed to be a time to spend with family and loved ones, but for many of us, this is not always possible. This can be for a number of reasons; some of which may be having no family close by or lost contact, or having no family or support networks at all.  For these people, the festive season can stir up painful emotions.

Family issues, loneliness and money worries can also impact the way people feel at Christmas time.  The pressure of attending Christmas dinner and catching up with family and friends can also be a struggle.

To help you get through the Christmas period, we have put together some tips to reduce the stress of the silly season.

Plan Ahead

The financial burden of gift giving at Christmas time is a common cause of stress for many of us. However, there are ways to overcome this. If you have a number of people to buy gifts for, think about starting a Kris Kringle which can help take some of the stress away while still maintaining the spirit of generosity at Christmas.  


Setting a budget is a good way to help reduce the cost of Christmas and can include a budget for gifts, celebrations and festivities.  A well planned budget and list of presents will also relieve stress when it comes to shopping time.

Reach out

If you are feeling down or lonely over the Christmas period, don’t isolate yourself, reach out to those who care about you.  If you don’t feel like socialising, call them on the phone, email or send a post via social media to connect with them.

If you don’t want to be alone for Christmas, there are a number of venues across the Mornington Peninsula that provide a free Christmas lunch and the opportunity to socialise.


Senior Citizens Centre

Flinders Drive, Mornington

For bookings call Mornington Information Centre on 5975 1644


Rosebud Band Hall (next door to Sound Shell)

Pt. Nepean Road, Rosebud

For bookings call Lorraine Watt on 5985 3551


Hastings Bowling Club

40 Marine Parade, Hastings

For Bookings call Hastings Community House on 5979 2918


Frankston Arts Centre

27-37 Davey St, Frankston VIC 3199

For bookings contact CityLife on 9770 0660

A New Year
The end of a year can bring mixed emotions.  Try to focus on the positive things that made you feel good throughout the year and think about the New Year as a new start.

If you know someone who has mental health issues, call Mentis Assist on 1300 MENTIS (1300 636 847)

Mentis Assist will be closed for the Christmas public holidays.  If you need assistance during this time contact LifeLine on 13 11 14 or in an emergency call 000.