With Christmas looming and the new year creeping up on us it can be difficult to relax.
There is a lot to think about when we hit the final months of the year, and people may feel the financial pressure of providing their family with a perfect Christmas.
But it is important to remember that family and friendship does not come with a price tag and more often than not people are content to be surrounded with the people they love.
During the years Christmas has become increasingly commercialised and, some would argue, has lost its true meaning.
Whether you are a devout Christian or not, it is important to remember that the celebration is not about receiving the most amazing and expensive gifts.
It is about giving.
We should all take the time to stop during the chaos of shopping and ask ourselves what this time of year means to us.
Do we just want presents? Do we want to avoid our family? Or do we want to take the moment to do something nice for someone we know or don’t know?
A simple act of kindness may be in asking someone to join you for Christmas lunch or buying a present for someone in need.
It can be easy to think of just yourself or your immediate family at this time of year but there are many people out there who will not get a Christmas with their family.
Often people live away from home and may have to work during the holiday season or they may not have any living relatives.
These people still need to feel special and welcomed by others at this time of year and it can be easy enough to make someone smile.
Greater Shepparton City Council’s free Christmas Day lunch is a great initiative and means everyone has the chance to be surrounded with joy and happiness.
It is these sorts of events that allow people to have fun and connect with others.
If you are concerned about your emotional wellbeing phone Lifeline Australia on 131114.