After a very trying 2 years amid a global pandemic and all the challenges it brought, it can be very easy to say: I need a break, and I need to take some time out for my mental health, relax and recharge.
That’s great, but the New Year is also a great time to refocus and re-set our goals on other ways to improve our mental health as we head into 2022 – and whatever challenges it may bring.
Whatever resolutions you make, or goals you set for the New Year, make sure to include your mental health needs.
Beyond Blue’s Heads up, which helps provide people and their employers with the tools for a mentally healthy workplace, has some top tips for making your mental health a priority this year:
- Don’t be too resolute in your resolutions: Set New Year’s goals that are achievable, otherwise you are only setting yourself up to fail – which will leave you disappointed, deflated, and disillusioned about your next set of goals. Break down your main goal into smaller tasks that can be more readily completed – and which will give you a longer list of achievements that can be ticked off!
- Communicate: Talking to colleagues, family and friends – whether about something that’s worrying you, life in general or even just your favourite TV show – is great for relieving stress and lifting your mood, and also means you have support networks when you need them. Make time to talk about the small stuff, and also about the big stuff on a regular basis with people you trust. It can help to schedule calls or catch-ups with family and friends to ensure you don’t become isolated.
- Make time for ‘me time’: From a clerk to the CEO, everyone needs to take a break from work to recharge otherwise their tanks will run dry. Make sure your mind is off work during your time away from work – turn off the phone and email and focus on what you enjoy, whether that is being with friends, or pursuing a hobby or even just resting and relaxing.
- Make it work for you: One good thing to come out of the pandemic is the realisation that many workplaces can offer far more flexible working arrangements than anyone ever thought. Where once asking to work from home might have raised an eyebrow, now it is the new normal – so if you need flexible arrangements, whether that is working from home or outside standard business hours, talk to your boss or manager.
- Keep active: Maintaining good physical health can help your mental health, so make sure you keep up any exercise regimen as part of your daily routine. Even when life gets busy, make it a priority to look after your physical health.
Some other New Year resolutions to consider for your mental health could include:
- Getting enough rest at night to ensure you’re at your best during the day.
- Avoiding too much coffee, alcohol and maintaining a healthy diet, which will improve your overall wellbeing.
- Reducing your screen time, especially social media.
- Spend more time outside.
And remember, our Arriba Group teams at AimBig Employment, Rehab Management and LiveBig are here to support you – especially when it comes to achieving your goals, and looking after your mental health and wellbeing!
The start of a New Year is traditionally a time when people make resolutions about improving their lives, and what they want to achieve in the coming 12 months.
And for those on an NDIS plan, the New Year is an opportunity to re-evaluate your needs and goals for 2022.
At LiveBig, we are not only a service provider but also a partner which can support you to identify and achieve your goals through our allied health services.
Why are goals important?
Goals are important for you, and for those who are supporting you, so everyone understands what it is you want to achieve.
The NDIS website explains that goals are your personal desires about what you’d like to do. While your NDIS funding may not directly fund your goals, it could certainly fund the supports and services you require to overcome any barriers in the way of your goals.
The NDIS planning booklet can support you to set out your goals.
From time to time, you may need to evaluate and assess your goals – and what it is that can support you achieve them. New Year is the perfect opportunity.
What goals could you set for 2022?
Goals can be short term (12 months to 2 years), medium term (2 to 3 years) and long term (3 years or more).
Your goals might be to:
- Find and keep a job
- Live more independently
- Be social and do more recreation
- Learn to drive
- Learn something new
Whatever your goals, at LiveBig we support you break them down into smaller milestones and determine what supports and services you need to achieve them.
What services can support you to achieve your goals?
- Occupational Therapy – Support to manage everyday tasks and the activities of daily living, particularly for those with a disability or recovering after injury and who are seeking more independence or are looking for work.
- Physiotherapy – Supporting those with physical conditions affecting their motor skills to improve their mobility or develop fine and gross motor skills to be able to live independently or be more active, or improve their quality of life.
- Psychology – Supporting you with mental health or intellectual disability to achieve your goals, especially in finding work or living independently, and enjoying more social activities.
- Exercise Physiology – Support for medical conditions to improve your physical movements, weight and overall health
- Speech Pathology – Support to manage diagnosed communication or swallowing difficulties associated with your disability or illness, which in turn can support people to live more independently and manage their own lives.
- Behaviour Support – Supporting you to manage behaviours to improve your wellbeing and relationships with others.
- Finding and Keeping a Job – Support and strategies to support you find, and maintain, worthwhile employment that is right for you and your needs.
- Counselling – To support your personal and emotional growth and support you on the path to identifying and achieving your goals.
If you need support setting out your goals, or finding the right services, contact us at LiveBig.