Where to find the help you need this holiday season

Over60 native article for Just Better Care

No matter how much you love celebrating Christmas and ringing in the new year, there’s no denying that the festive season is one of the busiest and most stressful times of year.

In fact, according to one UK survey, it’s the sixth most stressful life event – yet we deal with it every year. And with so much to do – from shopping for (and wrapping) gifts to preparing Christmas lunch – it hardly comes as a surprise.

So, spare a thought for the thousands of people around the country dealing with all the usual sources of Christmas stress as well as chronic health conditions. There are currently around 60,000 Australians waiting to be assigned a Home Care Package – and many can expect to wait 12 months, even though they need support now.

If you are someone looking for support at home or out in the community, or you are caring for someone who is, it’s important to remember there are ways to ease the pressure this holiday season.

Here, we take a look at three of the biggest holiday stressors and how you can overcome them to stay stress-free and happy this Christmas.

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