by Donné Newbury
The end of year and holidays can be a challenging time for many of us, which makes it more important to maintain or even boost all five aspects of your wellbeing in order to set yourself up for a good start to 2024.
We are inherently social beings and our connections with friends and family play a key role in our wellbeing. Be selective about who you spend your time with and make time for those you enjoy being with and whose friendship and love boost you. Be especially compassionate and inclusive of those who are alone or find this time of year very difficult.
As we reflect on the year and our achievements, being truly grateful for the successes and learnings is a great way of boosting our emotional wellbeing. Also reflecting on what feeds your soul and energises you is important to prioritising activities in the year ahead.
The season of excess food and drink can disrupt our weight, sleep and mood; so committing to a schedule and moderation through the holidays helps maintain a feeling of control and positivity. Bathe your brain in exercise-inducing endorphins, rest and look after yourself.
Instead of wildly spending, why not create a budget and stick to it? This should include budgets for food & drinks, gifts and entertainment. Get creative with personalised home-made gifts like baking some delicious cookies or refurbishing a tired old picture frame and make meaningful gifts that bring people joy and are kind to our environment.
Regardless of your beliefs and/or religion, the passing of a year is often a deeply spiritual time to consider your goals, values and purpose in life. Make time for reflection and spiritual connection with the things that provide this deeper fulfillment.
Practising proactive wellbeing is like anything that’s good for you – the more you do it the easier it becomes and the better you get at it. Be purposeful about making your wellbeing your priority and reap the benefits well into 2024.
Wellbeing Australia wishes you a wonderful holiday period full of love, joy and everything that makes you feel fulfilled and happy!