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Health and Wellbeing

11 Dec 2019

Attaining (and maintaining) wellness

The last few (and first few) weeks of the year tend to be packed with non-stop activities.

Although this is quite often a stressful time, it is also one filled with joy and happiness at being surrounded by loved ones. We can sometimes continue the over-indulgence into the new year or on the other side of the coin perhaps feel a sense of emptiness or loneliness once it’s over.

Tips for maintaining wellness post holidays

Moderate your expectations: Instead of striving for perfection (getting straight back into shape, being fully motivated, keeping strictly to your new year goals) instead strive to be present and in the moment for whatever you do. Attempting to control and be strict with yourself will lead to you feeling uptight and frustrated when the reality does not meet the vision you have created. Instead, be present, be kind to yourself and enjoy January!

Make healthy choices: After the many indulgences over the holiday period, it can leave you feeling a little out of shape and worse for wear in the health and fitness department. Aim to return to eating healthy food, drinks and ensuring that you keep getting a good amount of exercise as regularly as possible.

Make sure you rest: Proper sleep and relaxation will help keep your immune system strong, as well as relieve stress. Choose activities that truly give you joy. Being driven by your new year to-do list will likely cause stress and worry, so delegate tasks, take breaks, and moderate expectations.

Plan your partying beforehand: It can be tempting to want to over-indulge during the summer months, so plan beforehand for how to moderate your behaviour during this time. Know how many drinks is too much, and how you are going to get home!

Get your finances in order: The damage that Christmas has done to your finances can cause significant worry for some, but rather than worrying about it, sit down and sort out your financial situation. See what shape you are in financially and, if necessary, set yourself a budget for the next few months.

Plan things that you can look forward to: Revive the excitement of anticipation by arranging fun activities, such as having dinner with friends, starting a new class, hobby or attending a sporting event regularly. Choose activities that meet your budget and interests, and that you know will give you a thrill.

Maintaining the joy of the holiday season into the new year

Practice gratitude throughout the year: Share how grateful you are for your loved ones with them throughout the year.  Take a few extra moments when you are with them to tell them how grateful you are and how much meaning they bring to your life.

Maintain the spirit of giving: small gifts (handmade or baked goods) given to colleagues, friends or loved ones as a gesture of appreciation or good will, will bring you joy and maintain the spirit of generosity.

Have regular get-togethers with family and friends when possible: Maintaining strong relationships is not only good for your stress levels, it also supports your overall health and will help keep you connected to loved ones throughout the whole year.

 

Rajna Bogdanovic - Clinical Psychologist

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