Self-care pactical activities
During stressful times, self-care is really important but difficult to do. Self-care includes:
- mental health,
- physical health,
- spiritual health (this may be religious for some or about being in touch with nature, their culture and family for others)
- social health, and
- emotional health.
Wellbeing is more likely to be achieved when we are well nourished, well-loved, well-connected, well supported, well-rested, in touch with nature, and able to exercise. During high stress, we may need to timetable these into our lives or ask someone to help us.
The need for touch
Physical health will be important, and this will help with mental health as well. This can be tied to social activities like walking groups, gyms, and sports teams. Combining activities may prove to be beneficial in many ways.
Ongoing counselling is recommended, and it is good to remind parents and carers that it's okay to access community counsellors by getting a mental health plan from your GP.
Some people find certain counsellors better for different parts of their journey. They may want a defence-specific counsellor at first but then want to use a community counsellor afterwards, or vice versa.
When adults are feeling down - some good tips to share
a memory that raises your mood.
Writing the memory down can help. This can be a very effective mindfulness strategy.
- Download a mindfulness app to guide you. Smiling Minds (a not-for-profit app) can be helpful.
- Message some friends about something funny or ironic that has happened or a photo of the children. Their feedback might cheer you up.
‘When life is not peachy’ by Pip Lincoln Murdoch books is a really good book to use. This can be bought at chain stores like Kmart, Big W, and most bookstores.
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