New year, new me or so the saying goes. We’re a week into the new year and with that the resolutions people set to improve themselves are in the forefront of their minds. The gyms are filled with people all with good intentions but then within a few months the numbers trickle down. People are making a conscious effort to eat healthy but then life will get in the way, and they will find themselves reverting to old eating habits. Then there’s the random resolutions people set; stay in contact with friends and family more, learn how to do a particular skill or finally finish that DIY project that’s been sitting staring at you for the past year.
It can be easy to stay in our safe little bubbles and never venture out but sometimes the best experiences come when we take chances.
Subconsciously we tend to stay in our comfort zones because we are afraid of what could happen if things don’t work out, whether that is the fear of rejection, failure or admitting to ourselves and/or closest to us that we have made a mistake. But staying in our comfort zones can also have long term consequences and can stop us from doing things we really want to do.
Just like sleep and diet, exercise is also important for our mental health but just how important is it and how much exercise should we do. More and more studies are showing that exercising is a good way to help manage mental health and is that something that should be recommended alongside of traditional mental illness treatments.
We all have these voices in our heads the ones that feed us lies and come out when we’re almost at breaking point trying to push us over the edge. The voices that tell us things we don’t need to hear, and we can’t block out, the voices filling our minds with doubt.
For many people alcohol is something they have at the end of a hard day and something they use to help them unwind or it’s something you do with friends. Drinking is quite a large part of Australian culture and it’s not uncommon to have a beer with friends or split a bottle of wine when eating out. However, since Covid hit our shores bringing with it lockdowns, self-isolation and everything else that has happened over the past 18 months. It’s now considered uncommon to drink with friends and drinking alone is something that has become widely accepted. When you also take into consideration the stressors of Covid, consistent restriction changes and that working from home means you can start drinking much earlier without having any major repercussions. It makes sense that alcohol use has increased over the pandemic but by how much?