16th December 2021
We could all use a little helping hand at this time of year. Follow our simple self-care tips to keep your health in check this holiday season.
While it might be tempting to stray from your usual routine, there are many benefits to maintaining healthy habits during the holidays. Doing daily exercise, eating well, reducing your alcohol intake, and getting enough sleep can help regulate your body and your mind in times of stress.
2. REST & RECHARGE
Holidays are the perfect time to unwind and connect with the people you care about. Try to balance me time (reading a book, taking a nap, or going for a solo walk to grab your morning coffee) with social commitments so you can avoid festive burnout and recharge. Some people may also find it beneficial to reduce screen time and log off social media.
3. SELF-COMPASSION & GRATITUDE
It’s normal to feel reflective or reminisce at this time of year, especially if you lost a loved one or have experienced some setbacks. It’s important to be gentle with yourself and make space to process your thoughts.
Practicing gratitude is a great way to reduce feelings of stress or anxiety, reframe your thoughts, and remind you of all the things you’ve achieved, overcome, and are thankful for.
4. ASK FOR HELP
If you’re struggling it’s a good idea to reach out to a trusted friend, family member, GP, or health professional. There are also a number of support services available over the holiday season including Lifeline which offers free 24/7 support- call 13 11 14.
If you need additional help or support this holiday season there are a number of services available.
- If you need professional support, please contact your doctor, local health centre, or one of the services listed here. Family and friends can also call upon these services for advice and assistance on how to support someone who is struggling.
- If you are having suicidal thoughts, please seek assistance by contacting your trusted healthcare professional or calling Lifeline on 13 11 14.
- Need help now? Call Triple Zero (000) or go to a hospital if you are in immediate danger.
MORE HELPFUL RESOURCES
- RUOK? Support Directory
- Lifeline Service Finder: find other free or low-cost health and community services in your area.
- Queensland Health: mental health information and resources.
- Additional helplines, counselling, and support groups.