While many of us may be bracing ourselves for hot weather or Great Aunt Jessica’s sharp cactus tongue, some people face a festive season that is far scarier.
Unfortunately, Christmas and New Year is a hard time for many people. It’s a time where the grief and loss of a family member can be the hardest to take. It also comes with added financial pressures and can be a time that makes it hard to make ends meet. It’s also a time where trauma and memories of family situations haunt us.
And it can be a time women, children and men face an escalation in stress and family violence. The pressure to be happy and festive stands as a reminder of painful memories. And the general party atmosphere of the festive season can make it excruciating for people who are dealing with addiction.
Whether you are surrounded by partner and family or you are a solo facing Christmas alone, the festive season is a stressful time. Many Australians find Christmas brings up a lot of emotions. Remembering family members that may no longer be with us, feeling strain in our personal relationships and coping with personal issues can be tough. Christmas isn’t always a time for joy and it’s OK to feel stressed, overwhelmed or concerned.
Help is available.
If you are finding Christmas difficult for any reason, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Their crisis supporters can help with all kinds of issues, including feelings of loss, despair and suicide. You can also make use of web chat via the Lifeline website if you are unable to talk on the phone.
If you are coping with issues related to sexual, domestic or family violence, please remember you are not alone. Everyone has the right to be safe. You can find someone to talk to at 1800 RESPECT or via the website.
If you are facing reminders of childhood trauma including physical or sexual abuse, the Blue Knot Foundation is there to help. You can call Blue Knot on 1300 657 380 or access the Blue Knot website.
Tags: christmas, family, violence
After growing up in a dusty farming district where happy moments were few and far between, Rebekah packed a bunch of books and headed off in pursuit of education, the sea and a sense of anonymity that simply can’t be found in a town of 200.
Keenly aware she was an outsider, Rebekah attempted to discover happiness via five universities, island living, and all the wrong kind of activities before she triumphantly discovered she was potentially the happiest marketing nerd alive.
Rebekah has carved out a career through connecting people. She spent over seven years working in the dating industry, has worked agency-side in the tough Asian advertising world, and now freelances in marketing and content creation for community, social enterprise and startup ideas.
When she isn’t listening to prog and post rock as it pours out of her partner’s guitar, she’s connecting women as the Head of Disruption for Discordia Zine, marketing and writing as Unashamedly Creative, advocating for freelancer happiness via the Freelance Jungle, or being reminded that life is random, creative and silly by her Labrador, Gibson.
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