Christmas can be a stressful time of year. It's a time when routines are disrupted and financial demands increase, which can put pressure on your personal relationships and affect your mental health.
The temptation to gamble to escape or alleviate financial pressure during the holiday season is often heightened, but there are precautions you can take to avoid harm from gambling:
Nominate a support person
Let your loved ones know you're feeling vulnerable and ask them to check in during the Christmas break. If you don't have someone to lean on, call Gambler's Help – we’re available 24/7 on 1800 858 858.
Take the 100 Day Challenge
Earlier this year, the Foundation launched the 100 Day Challenge—a flexible program designed to help people take a break from gambling. With most people winding down during the Christmas/New Year period this is an ideal time to sign up for the challenge. The program is free with users encouraged to set individual goals all the while being buoyed along by a community of fellow 'challengers'. Give yourself the gift of a fresh start in 2019, sign up for the 100 Day Challenge.
Be realistic about what you can and can't afford rather than getting swept up in an ever more commercialised Christmas. Accept an invitation to Christmas dinner from friends/family and consider giving the gift of volunteering.
Be kind to yourself
Take advantage of down-time by ensuring you eat well, get plenty of rest and consider some New Year goals.
If you are worried about your own gambling, or concerned about a loved one, we can help. Gambler's Help will be operating 24/7 throughout the festive season, simply call 1800 858 858 or visit Gambler's Help.