While the benefits of holidays are usual widely appreciated, it is good to stop and remember the great impact that this time can have on our mental health. Holidays have amazing potential re-charge us and to boost our wellbeing. The following 5 tips can help us to maximise the impact of our break.
Physical activity has many positive effects on health and wellbeing both in the short and long term. This effect is good not only for physical health, but also for mental health. Holidays are a great time to relax and unwind, but regular activity is an equally good boost for our wellbeing.
Sleeps-ins are a teen favourite for the holiday period. As we move into Christmas and new year, our routine can become somewhat ad hoc. Where possible, maintaining some routine, particularly around sleep, exercise and food, can help us to stay emotionally regulated and to have more time to enjoy the things in life that we love to do.
School holidays for many are a break from learning, but people with a passion for learning take every opportunity to try something new and reap the benefits of this for their mental health. It may be a new hobby or a new skill within a hobby you love. If it brings you joy or a sense of achievement to learn it, then it is a great boost for your wellbeing.
The time to connect in person and online is more available to us during breaks. It is good to remember to make time for the people who we enjoy being with, while also knowing that our online communications have the opportunity to help us to connect when used in healthy ways.
As much as we need to connect, we also need to disconnect. Time to reflect, think, and clear our mind from the daily priorities that usually accompany us gives us a great opportunity for personal growth and development. In particular, disconnecting from the busy-ness of life and thinking about the things we are grateful for in our lives, and the memories that bring us joy are powerful tools for wellbeing.
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During the breaks, we can sometime be a little disconnected from our usual routine of professional support people. At these times, there are always professional supports available within the broader community and it is helpful to be aware of these should there be a time when their help may be beneficial.
For counselling support outside of school hours, you can contact the following services:
1800 55 1800
1800 650 890
Youth Beyond Blue
1300 224 686
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