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STRONGER TOGETHER: Nurturing Wellbeing in challenging times

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Last updated: 19/06/2023

"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya discusses how to nurture your wellbeing when times are tough.

By IMPACT Community Services Managing Director Tanya O'Shea

Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services Managing Director

Australian Unity recently released the results of their annual Wellbeing Index, and it deeply concerns me to learn that wellbeing in Australia has reached its lowest point on record.

According to the annual Australian Unity Wellbeing Index 2022, this result is the most amplified in our young people, highlighting the immense challenges faced by today's youth, and we must address this urgent issue with empathy and support. The report points out that the triple crises of the cost of living, COVID-19, and environmental urgency are possible reasons behind this decline in wellbeing. It is crucial that we acknowledge these factors and work towards finding solutions that can empower everyone, but especially young people, to improve their personal wellbeing.

Amidst these complex challenges, it's important to remember that even small steps towards self care and personal growth can have a significant impact on our overall wellbeing. While we may not be able to change the world overnight, we do have the power to make positive changes in our own lives. Here are a few suggestions to nurture personal wellbeing:

Prioritise self-leadership: Take time each day to engage in activities that contribute to your wellbeing. There is no right or wrong with this, it is very much a personal thing. One person might do exercise, whereas someone else might do a number of smaller things throughout the day. The focus is on including things that assist to lower stress or replenish your energy.

Foster connections: Social support is crucial for wellbeing. Where possible, seek out relationships that uplift and inspire you. Reach out to friends, family, or even support groups who share similar experiences or interests. Connection and a sense of belonging can provide emotional resilience.

Cultivate gratitude: In times of difficulty, it can be easy to focus on what's going wrong. Practicing gratitude can help shift our mindset towards the positive aspects of life. Each day, reflect on three things you are grateful for, no matter how small they may seem. You might like to write them down so you can look back for a shot of gratitude inspiration when you need it!

Take care of your physical health: Engaging in regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep are vital for overall wellbeing. These practices not only benefit your physical health but also have a positive impact on your mental and emotional state.

Last week, IMPACT Community Services launched the Stronger Together Podcast. If you’re struggling with feeling a lack of wellbeing, I urge you to tune into episode one, which focuses on mental wellbeing. The Stronger Together podcast offers insights, strategies, and personal stories that can help to navigate the issues so many in our community are facing.

While the challenges faced today by many, and especially by young people, are undeniably daunting, we must remember that collective action and support can make a difference. Let's foster a society that values the wellbeing of its members and works towards creating an environment where everyone can thrive. By taking small steps towards personal wellbeing and engaging in meaningful conversations, we can build resilience and contribute to the collective wellbeing of our communities.

Please note: This website may contain references to, or feature images, videos, and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have passed away.

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