A lot of things can impact your mental health but a big one is chronic health conditions. A Chronic health condition is anything that can be defined as lasting over a year and requires ongoing treatment and/or limits your daily activities. Examples of chronic health conditions include things like diabetes, mental illness, consistent pain, skin conditions like eczema, asthma, and allergies. It is estimated that half of all Australians have at least one chronic health condition with many having multiple (the chances of which increase as people age).
Change is inevitable. Some change is good like the changing in seasons or changing how you make a favourite recipe because you found a better way to make it. Some change is normal like changing your hair style or changing your workout routine. Some change is scary like changing jobs or changing where you live. It doesn’t matter how much we don’t want to change to happen it will always happen, every day we make changes subconsciously and consciously. The small changes are easy, and they rarely make an impact on us, but the big changes can be challenging especially big changes during times of uncertainty such as in a pandemic.
The final post in this series is all about the environmental impacts, looking at food, drink and exercise and whether certain additions to your diet and lifestyle can improve your mental health for the better. Do they really help with your mental health or is it that our lives are so busy that when we finally get a chance to do nothing, we get this sense of relief?
Self-Care is the act of taking care of yourself, so you’re able to manage whatever life throws at you. It’s emotionally recharging preparing you to be the best that you can be. It’s especially important now more than ever with Covid raging on in the world around us and with that bringing so much uncertainty. Regular self-care can help us decrease our risks of burnout and reaching breaking point. Just like we need sleep and to eat healthy for our physical health, we need to do self-care for our emotional health.
Do you need that cup of coffee right now? We think so. Why do youneedit? Probably because of the effects from its caffeine, a naturally occurring stimulant that makes you awake, aware, and creative. It’s magic-in-a-cup.