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BCNA News 19 Dec 2016

Tips to help you through the festive season

Create a new holiday tradition

Change your usual holiday activities to relieve yourself of some of the pressures of entertaining. You could go out for Christmas dinner, share the load of cooking or make the Christmas meal a simple one.

Manage fatigue

Let family and friends know if you are experiencing ongoing tiredness and may need to rest during celebrations. Ask for help with shopping, cooking and dealing with difficult relatives so that you can save your energy for the things you enjoy.

Making plans

Remember that it is okay to say ‘no’. You don’t have to feel like you have to participate in everything or attend every event. Only see friends, family and colleagues if you feel up to it.

Being alone

If you don’t want to spend Christmas alone, talk with friends and see if you can join others for Christmas, or invite someone over who you know will also be on their own. You could also attend or volunteer at an event in your community, such as a Christmas lunch.

Focus on looking after yourself

Exercising and eating well can help to improve your mood, increase your energy and reduce the impact of side effects you may be experiencing. It can be easy to give up exercise over the Christmas period, but even a 30-minute daily walk will help you to feel and cope better.

Finding support

Breast Cancer Network Australia

1800 500 258 (9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday AEST)
BCNA will be closed from 5.00 pm on Thursday 22 December 2016 and will reopen at 9.00 am Tuesday 3 January 2017.
BCNA has a range of resources available to download. If you’d prefer to order a printed copy, your order will be sent as soon as possible after BCNA reopens on Tuesday 3 January. You can also connect with others at any time through our online network.

Cancer Council

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Cancer Council’s free, confidential telephone information and support service is available 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.
Saturday 24 December – Tuesday 27 December – closed
Wednesday 28 December – Friday 30 December – 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Saturday 31 December – Monday 2 January – closed


1300 845 745 or (03) 9935 7400 (Midday to 3.00 am AEST)
GriefLine provides free, confidential telephone counselling every day of the year, as well as online counselling via email.


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Lifeline offers confidential 24-hour telephone crisis support every day of the year.


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