Keeping relaxed after the holiday period

If you have had a busy holiday period, it’s essential to take time for self-care. Simple activities such as reading a book, soaking a bath, or taking a nap can help reduce pressure and ensure you feel refreshed. By taking care of yourself, you can recharge your batteries and tackle the challenges of the new year.

Stay Organised and Manage Your Workload

One of the biggest sources of stress after the holiday period is the feeling of being overwhelmed by work. To avoid this, it’s important to stay organised and manage your workload effectively. You can achieve this by setting goals, prioritising tasks, and breaking larger projects into smaller, manageable tasks.

Exercise and physical activity

Exercise and physical activity are another great way to reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing. Regular exercise helps to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. As a bonus, physical activity can improve your sleep and boost your energy levels, which makes it easier to complete your daily tasks.

Mindfulness and meditation to reduce stress

Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools for reducing stress and improving your overall mental health. By taking time to focus on the present moment and clear your mind, you can gain a greater sense of calm and perspective. Regular meditation can also help to reduce anxiety, increase your ability to cope with stress, and improve your overall wellbeing.

Maintain social connections

Maintaining social connections can reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. Whether you spend time with friends and family, or join a community group, social connections can provide a support network and a sense of belonging. In addition, socialising can distract you from worries and help with your perspective.

So, make time for self-care, stay organised, and remember to connect with others. Most of all, be sure to make the most of the new year, by starting it refreshed and relaxed

Self-Care and Support over the Holidays: Juliet Middleton interview with Vision Australia

LiveBig Chief Executive Officer Juliet Middleton, featured on Vision Australia Radio to speak with Peter Greco on ‘Focal Point’ about the importance of self-care and support for people with disability over the holiday season.

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Self-care over the holidays

Respect your limits

While it’s tempting to want to do all of the things all of the time, take breaks from seeing lots of people and listen to your body. If you’ve had a big day, simple tasks can make you more tired the next day. By listening to your body and knowing your limits, you’ll enjoy your time more in the special holiday moments.

Take your medication

Especially with lots of exciting things going on in the holidays, it can be easy to forget to take your medication if this is something you do. But taking your meds means keeping your health on track which will lead to your sustained happiness. Please remember to take time out to do this each day! You’ll thank yourself for always remembering to do it.

Think about what you’re putting in your body

The holidays are a great time to indulge. But sometimes the foods we eat, or the quantity, can react with our bodies in unsuspecting ways. Plan to enjoy special foods while also balancing healthy eating. It’s awful feeling sick and not being able to enjoy yourself.

Charge your wheelchair

If you use an electric wheelchair, you know there’s nothing worse than running low or running out of power. When times get busy or you have other things on your mind, it’s an easy thing to forget. Making sure your chair is charged is one less thing to worry about when you’re trying to enjoy your time over the break. Try charging it overnight so you wake up with full power for the next day.

Move your body

After sitting all day at a family gathering, your joints and tendons can become very tight. Getting your body moving after being still will help with blood circulation and make you feel more relaxed. You can even ask a family member or carer for a massage to get your blood flowing to your limbs. Alternating long periods of being stationary with some movement can not only help with your physical health, but make you feel calmer and more relaxed mentally too!

Get organised

Do you ever look around your house and think “I’ve got to tidy that up” or “I must organise that shelf”? The holidays are a great time to do it! It might be your clothes, your make-up, your books or your medications. Make that change you’ve been wanting to do to put your mind at ease and make your life easier going into a new year.

Take a break from advocacy

Being part of the disability community and advocating can be exhausting. Take a break during the holidays to recharge. Let the people around you advocate for you while you enjoy talking about other things for a while. They might even explain things in a different way to other people that you’d like to adopt going into 2020.

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