This section offers useful tips and resources on topics that aren't necessarily linked to work in a frontline environment but can have a significant impact on wellbeing (both at home and in the workplace). The information is listed in no particular order but the newest ones will always be displayed at the top, so check back in from time to time for new information.
R U OK?
R U OK? day reminds us to check in with our family and friends to see how they are travelling. Can we also suggest you take a moment to think about yourself ….HOW ARE YOU? When you are in a helping profession, it comes naturally to put others first. It takes courage to say you’re not ok. IT’S OK NOT TO FEEL OK
5 Ways to Wellbeing
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions developed by New Economics Foundation which can be incorporated into individuals’ everyday lives to improve wellbeing. Want to know more? Keep reading!
Music & Wellbeing
How often do you listen to music?
Is it important to you? What kind of music relaxes you, motivates you, inspires you?
How to change a habit for good
Do you have a habit that you can’t change no matter what you have tried?
There are four steps that might help.
Calming the rush of panic in your body
How to create space between you and what you’re experiencing in order to decrease anxiety and worry.
Anxiety can soften when we can create a space between ourselves and what we’re experiencing.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.” Stephen Covey
Is it OK to ignore Christmas?
Is it ok to take the bits of Christmas that work for you and discard the rest?
And is it ok to enjoy the solitude of Christmas Day and indulge yourself without feeling guilty?
Bring it on!
3 Ways to be Calm
in times of stress
We all experience stress storms from time to time, either at home or in the work place and sometimes (horrendously) both at the same time. Here is a guided worksheet that can help you get through the storm by connecting with and developing the stable core that you carry within yourself.
The Worry Tree
Dealing with worrying thoughts
The worry tree helps us effectively deal with worrying thoughts. We can spend many hours a day worrying about anything and everything, and that worry is often not helpful, in spite of what we might believe.
How well do you sleep? BeyondBlue Fact Sheet
Having a good night’s sleep is important for maintaining good health. The body needs the opportunity to recharge from the day’s activities. Experiencing difficulty sleeping, however, is a common problem.
Some tips for better sleep
You are not alone. Research shows that a quarter of all adults have difficulties with sleep. Shift workers are more likely to have difficulties with sleep than people who work standard hours. The sleep quality for shift workers is often poorer, with frequent awakenings. A shift worker, on average, is likely to have one hour less sleep per day.
Difficult Times - how to help
When we are experiencing pain, we are able to take action based on what we need and connect with help as we choose. When someone close to us is suffering we don’t have control over the situation and it can be extremely challenging to watch someone else’s pain.
The Change Challenge
A few tips on managing change
Accepting a sudden, unexpected change can be one of the most difficult challenges in life. You want to have control over the situation and make everything better, but no matter how hard you try, you just can’t control some things.
What Triggers You?
Recognise your triggers
What sets your “buttons” off? Our “buttons” are those feelings that can suddenly flare, sometimes for good reasons, and sometimes for no apparent reason at all. Lets talk about dealing with “button pressing’
Grief & Loss
Grief & Loss: BeyondBlue Fact Sheet
Everyone’s experience of grief or loss is unique. You might experience all kinds of difficult and at times overwhelming emotions, and you might sometimes wonder if the sadness will ever end. This is a normal reaction to loss.
Grief Feels Like...
It's different for everyone
Losing someone we love or someone who has being in our lives is more than sad, it leaves us with an “ache”, a longing, a “gap we can’t explain”, a “weight” we can’t seem to shift.
Support your way: online
Online resources can provide a comprehensive variety of information, strategies and support options for a range of questions or issues, however it can be daunting knowing where to start.
Are not just for the New Year
A resolution is: a firm decision to do or not to do something. With only 10% of us sticking to our well-intentioned New Year resolutions, it’s easy to get discouraged if we drop the ball, but the good news is, you can make resolutions anytime!
There is no doubt that there is a link between money and wellbeing – but it’s not as straightforward as more money = more happiness.
Money, Money, Money
The "S" Word
We love to hate it but in reality it is very much a part of our world. We spend copious amount of time trying to ‘rid our world of stress’ and often without great results. The answer lies more in how we respond to stress – because stress can be a part of life.
How our thoughts govern how we feel
“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” - Buddha
We have between 5,000 and 60,000 thoughts every day. Left unguarded, thoughts can create a myriad of mental, emotional and physical conditions. Left unguarded, our thoughts can make it very difficult to move forward in life.
Will you retire well?
Keeping a positive attitude toward ageing is particularly important as it allows you to continue to feel good and have a sense of control as you face another part of the life cycle.
It's OK to feel sad
Everyone feels sad sometimes,
just like everyone can feel joyful, angry, proud and plenty of other emotions. In other words, everyone has feelings, and those feeling are always changing.
Sadness is part of the ups and downs of life.
Feeling sad can prompt you to make choices that improve your life.
Sadness is not depression.
You can learn to manage your sadness.
New in town? or feeling alone?
Friendships are an important part of life, but many of us find it difficult to find, make or keep friends. This article offers practical suggestions that may help you to expand your social circle or reinforce the relationships you already have.
Managing your Anger
Anger is a normal human emotion and when it is managed properly it is not a problem.
Everyone gets angry, and mild anger can sometimes be useful to express strong feelings and deal with situations. However, if anger is expressed in harmful ways, or persists over a long period of time, then it can lead to problems in relationships at home and at work and can affect the overall quality of your life. This Tip Sheet can help you understand anger and learn better ways to handle and express it.