It’s the most stressful time, of the year!

For some, Christmas is the most magical time of year. The build-up can be full of parties and socialising, and then the big day which is often spend with family and other loved ones can make memories that last a lifetime.  

However, the level of stress associated with Christmas can vary widely from person to person. While Christmas is a joyful and festive holiday for many, it can also be a source of stress for some individuals. 

There are many reasons Christmas can be stressful for some. The reasons for this stress can include: 

  • Financial pressures: The costs associated with buying gifts, decorations, and food for holiday gatherings can put a strain on some people’s budgets. With the current cost of living crisis, this could be more relevant than ever. Setting a budget with friends and family or agreeing to do a day out rather than expensive gifts can be a great way to ease financial strain.  
  • Family and social pressures: For some, the festive season can be a time when family tensions or relationship issues come to the forefront, leading to stress and upset. It’s important to take time for yourself to relax and reflect to get you through any difficult periods.  
  • Lacking time: Preparing for and celebrating Christmas can be time-consuming, with activities like shopping, decorating, cooking, and attending various events, which can be overwhelming for some. It’s important to remember that you can say no if you are finding yourself overwhelmed.  
  • Loneliness: Christmas can be a lonely time for those who are estranged from family or do not have a strong social support system. Reach out to local community groups and charities who will provide support through the festive period.  
  • Expectations: The pressure to create a perfect holiday experience, whether due to societal or personal expectations, can lead to stress. Avoid comparing yourselves to others, particularly through social media, which tends to give an unrealistic expectation of others.  

It’s important to remember that not everyone experiences the same level of stress during the holiday season. Some people genuinely enjoy and look forward to the festive aspects of Christmas, while others may find it more challenging.

If you or someone you know is experiencing Christmas-related stress, it’s important to consider strategies for managing it, such as setting realistic expectations, prioritising self-care, and seeking support when needed. 

At BNSHE Consulting, we offer a range of Mental Health First Aid Courses where learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. To find out more, visit  

Call us on 07584125665 or email to discuss booking, pricing, discounts and for further details. 

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