Because it is close to Christmas here are a few short words re the importance of your mental health.
At the risk of appearing to be a “downer”, here goes
- It’s a time that is really fabulous for some, not so good for others. If you tend to have a great social and family scene at this time, fantastic! Enjoy every minute!!
- If that isn’t you and you tend to get sad, then remember the day will pass. It can be a tough day but please be patient with yourself and those around you. Plan whether you want to be alone or not. Even getting out for a walk early in the morning can help. Here are some words of wisdom I stole from an old Black Dog Institute bulletin¹.
- Set aside time each day for recreation and exercise: Gentle repetitive exercise such as walking, swimming and cycling are good for relieving stress. Meditation, yoga, pilates and dance are also excellent. The trick is to find what suits you best. Hobbies that focus attention are also good stress relievers and can give you a sense of achievement and satisfaction.
- Think positively: Smile whenever possible – it can make a difference to how you feel. When times get tough try to walk away from a difficult situation with a positive thought. This will help you deal with stressful times in the future.
- Watch your alcohol intake: It’s easy to get caught up in festive activities, and sometimes a drink or two can feel like a solution to a problem, but it will only help temporarily. Drinking can create more problems in terms of physical and mental health. Consider the effects you are looking for (sedation and stimulation) and whether or not you can achieve them differently.
- Perform small acts of kindness: Performing five kind acts a week creates a measurable boost to levels of psychological wellbeing. Giving not only makes you feel good about yourself; it enhances your connection with others and can bring you positive feedback from others.
- Don’t do it alone: For some of us Christmas can be an overwhelming time and sometimes isolating, but we don’t have to do it alone. If times get tough, pick up the phone and talk to someone you trust.
- Remember: Lifeline 13 11 14
Take good care of yourselves and your workmates.
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DISCLAIMER: The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nic Roperto, Mental Health Accreditated Social Worker, ACT Curious EAP.
copyright: 17th December 2019