Simple solutions for stress-free Christmas

PCFA

‘Tis the season to be jolly so we’re sharing some simple solutions for a stress-free Christmas.

While Christmas is often a time for celebration and rest, we know that it can be a stressful and lonely time for many people – particularly those impacted by prostate cancer and other health issues.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, know someone who has, or have lost someone to the disease, this time of the year may bring up additional feelings of grief and loss.

In addition, sometimes our expectations don’t meet reality, relationships can be strained, there is added financial pressure, and plans may have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But a little bit of preparation can go a long way and help minimise stress this holiday season. Here’s some simple tips to help you get through.

Be clear about expectations

Set expectations for the day early to avoid causing any disappointment. Planning out your day with friends or family can make a big difference to keeping stress levels down. For example, if you’re hosting an event, talk to your guests beforehand to let them know about start and finish times, meal plans, and gift giving opportunities. This way everyone will be on the same page, and it will allow you to schedule in time for yourself around events.

Stay connected

Even if you’re spending Christmas alone, be sure to make plans to help combat feelings of loneliness or isolation. Connect with friends and family via phone or Skype, volunteer to do something that makes you feel good while meeting others, or check out some community events via your local council website. If you are alone, arrange to make your favourite meal, take part in an activity you enjoy or gift yourself something special.

If you’ve been impacted by prostate cancer, you can also join our MatesCONNECT program to connect with someone who has been through the disease who understands what you’re going through.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you’re finding this time of year particularly difficult, reach out for help. Whether you call a friend or family member, or speak with a health professional, it can make a big difference. If you or a loved one have been impacted by prostate cancer and need support or advice this Christmas, remember that our specialist telenursing service

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