They tell us that holidays should be a time filled with happiness and connection. Although, for a lot of people it doesn’t always feel this way, and with lots going on in the world at the moment, it’s easy to see why levels of stress and anxiety are continuing to increase nationwide.

If this is you, you are not alone.

Whether you feel overwhelmed by the cloud shadowing the high expectations you had for the holidays or lonely and isolated as you compare yourself to those around you, there are coping strategies that may help.  

Our Ramsay Mental Health team including Psychologist Kim Walker and Psychiatrist Dr Sandra Fang help explain why this might be the case and what we can do. 

Helpful reminders

Be gentle, generous, and patient with yourself

Take a moment away from the hustle and bustle

Plan ahead

Manage relationships and set boundaries

Try to stick to your usual routine

Talk to your support network

To help you implement some of these suggestions, we have a wonderful selection of wellbeing resources you may like to use including podcasts, playlists, guided journaling and much more.


Most importantly, if you feel your usual coping strategies aren’t helping, we encourage you to reach out for support.