Dealing with stress and anxiety in the festive season

The festive season is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but it can also cause stress and anxiety for many. And with so much to do and so little time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. 

Key learnings covered in this topic

  1. Tips to help with stress
  2. How the 360Health service can help
  3. Mental health guidance from MetLife. 

Our insurer, MetLife, has prepared 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 season.1 There’s often pressure to find the ‘perfect’ gift or host an unforgettable get-together with family and friends, which can lead to overspending and financial stress. Set a budget for gifts, food, and other expenses, and stick to it – loved ones won’t notice how much you have (or haven’t) spent. 

3.    Take care of yourself

It’s important to take care of your physical and mental health during the festive season. Take a breather when you can, eat healthy foods (in between the treats), 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 those around you, volunteering in your community, or seeking support from a mental health professional.2

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 it’s okay if things don’t go according to plan – that’s life!

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.

Following these tips may help you reduce stress and enjoy the festive season with peace of mind.

MetLife 360Health

CareSuper members can access 360Health, a benefit that connects you with a mental health specialist virtually, from the comfort of your home. The service provides you and your family3 access to a confidential, in-depth mental health review from a team of Australian-based specialists.


3 The term ‘family’ consists of your children, partner, parents and parents-in-law. Children must age 18 or over to access Mental Health Assist. 

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Information correct as at 5 December 2023.