By Jacqui Tibbits, Director Consultivation
The memories of family and friends no longer here to physically share in our days can bring a heaviness to our hearts; the pursuit of a perfect Christmas or meeting others expectations can bring with it mountains of stress, the impending disagreements and conflicts can drive anxiety; or the reminder of loneliness or loss in our lives may be heightened as pages, screens and shopping centres are emblazoned with images of happy people sharing in good times, merriment and joy.
At this time of year, practicing self-care as well as ‘checking-in’ with others is important so here are our top 10 self-care tips for the Christmas and holiday season.
Self-care Christmas tips
For people who need a little more help and support through this period including those in crisis or thinking about suicide, Lifeline crisis counsellors are available by phoning 13 11 14.
If you are concerned for a friend, family member or colleague it is important to ask them if they are o’kay and if you are concerned they may have suicidal thoughts that you ask, ‘are you thinking about suicide?’ These questions can save a life.
As people, we search for and embrace connections with others. We are inherently social creatures so feeling connected to each other and our communities is important for our wellbeing and mental health and for me, this is what Christmas is really about - connecting with others, honouring memories, building my traditions and enjoying the moments. Not the food, the excess, the gifts or the lights but our friendships, our emotional connections, our loves and our future.
At Consultivation, we have had a great year with a variety of projects completed with great success, current projects progressing and new ones on the 2018 horizon. We continue to work with some amazing people and have met many new and wonderful people who inspire us and help us to do what we do. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you.
On behalf of the Consultivation Team, we wish you a Christmas abounding with health, wealth and happiness and safe and joyous New Year.
We look forward to working with you in 2018.
Consultivation is an independent consultancy service driven by an ethical values base
supporting businesses and people to flourish in the community, health and aged care sectors.
Images courtesy of Pixabay.
Jacqui is a positive change management specialist with a penchant for public speaking.
Susan has expertise in cognitive behaviour therapy, narrative therapy & mindfulness.
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