Coping with stress, anxiety & loneliness during the holidays : Councillors Corner

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Holidays are not always joyful, they can also be but stressful for a lot of people for many reasons, Dr. Elizabeth returned to the MAD Wednesday Councillors Corner as we talk coping with stress, anxiety and loneliness during the holidays.

How do you cope with family stress?

It can be triggering to slide into the role family put you in with invasive questions about your lifestyle or career path, plus expectations for togetherness and happiness. We live in polarised times, with lots of tense topics including sexuality, gender identity, climate change, dietary choices, and so on – so how do you handle it?

Remember that there’s nothing wrong with reaching out for help when you need it. Give Switchboard a call on 1800 184 527 from 3pm-midnight or chat online via QLife.

Other resources include:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Direct Line: 24-hour telephone/online drug and alcohol counselling and support services. Visit call 1800 888 236.
  • Mensline Australia: A telephone and online support and information service for Australian men. Visit call 1300 789 978.
  • Griefline: 1300 845 745
  • Kid’s Helpline: 24/7 A counselling service for kids and young people at 1800 551 800
  • 1800 RESPECT: 24/7 National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service at 1800 737 732
  • Gamblers Helpline: 1800 858 858

Dr Elizabeth Landau is a licensed provisional psychologist at Southbank Psychology and Couples Therapy Melbourne in the CBD, she currently treats individuals and couples working through mental and relationship health stress.