As we approach the dawn of a new year, many of us reflect on the challenges and triumphs of the past and set intentions for the future. The transition can be both exhilarating and daunting, prompting us to consider our mental well-being and strategies to help us navigate the unknown.
In collaboration with Lifeline Narrm and drawing inspiration from celebrities who have shared their wellness tips, we bring you a 12 Days of Wellness guide to kickstart the new year positively with new habits.
Day 1: Discover the Power of Reading
Fashion icon and model, Christian Wilkins shares his journey with anxiety and the solace he finds in books. “Try reading. It always helps me, and I hope it helps you, too,” he says. As we embark on this wellness journey, let’s embrace the escape and enlightenment of getting lost in a good book.
Day 2: Cultivate Mental Resilience Through Reading
World-class performer, Timomatic emphasises the importance of setting a positive mental tone at the beginning of each day with content that inspires his mind and gets his “mental in the right place.” “Reading, that’s my superpower,” he declares. Consider incorporating nonfiction books, endurance tips, or self-help literature into your routine to stimulate your mind and foster mental resilience.
Day 3: Find Comfort in Companionship
Maxi Shield, known for her vibrant presence on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, introduces us to her source of comfort – her pet, Celeste. “If you’re stressed out, just spend some time with your babies,” she advises. Whether it’s snuggling up with a furry friend or watching pets playing in a park, the calming influence of companionship can make a world of difference.
Day 4: Embrace the Outdoors for Mental Clarity
Australian beach volleyball player Phoebe Bell encourages us to step outside when feeling down. “Go for a walk, run, get some fresh air. It helps me gain mental clarity and gain more perspective around my life,” she shares. Take a moment each day to connect with nature and enjoy the benefits of being in the great outdoors.
Day 5: Combine Physical and Mental Well-being
Lifeline Narrm ambassador, Danielle Laidley provides valuable insights for coping during challenging times. “Go for walks along the beach, do some meditation. See if you can help someone else so you don’t get caught up in your own head.” Incorporate physical activities and acts of kindness into your routine to foster holistic well-being.
Day 6: Create a Musical Haven for Joy
Dani Laidley also emphasises the role of music in maintaining a positive mindset. “I like to have music playing in the house. Just sing along with some music,” she shares. Curate a playlist that lifts your spirits and allows you to sing along, embracing the joy of music.
Day 7: Be the Expert in your Life
Although it’s hard for many to hear, Programs Manager, Alisha Tarrant says that “you are the most important person in your life.” Undertaking acts of self-care and understanding what’s most important to you at that very moment is essential for your overall wellbeing. Dion Tsarpalias, Centre Supervisor at Lifeline Narrm agrees that it’s important to do whatever gives you energy whether it be prioritising time for yourself or socialising with friends.
Day 8: Get it out of your System
Australian businessman and leading podcast host, Mark Bouris says that he trains to encourage positive endorphins to help him overcome any challenges or overwhelming thoughts. “Listen to how you feel and do something about it,” he encourages.
Day 9: Put Pen to Paper
When it comes to overwhelming thoughts and reflection on the past year, media profile, Justin Hill says that he writes it all down so he can process and move on. “I’m a very visual person so when I can see my goals, when I can see the things that are bothering me, when I can see the things that I want to overcome, it allows me to switch off and spend time in the moment with the ones that I love and tackle that another time.”
Day 10: Be Kind
Carrie Leeson, CEO of Lifeline Narrm and Canberra says that it’s important to be kind to yourself every day in order to be kind to others, particularly during times which are particularly stressful. “Be kind to yourself and emanate this out to others.”
Day 11: Give the Gift of Giving
Did you know that Lifeline’s 13 11 14 crisis support line receives a call every 30 seconds? The impact of suicide is significant with more than 135 people, including family members, work colleagues, friends and first responders, affected by each life lost to suicide.
Consider giving a gift that gives back this Christmas. With call volumes peaking during the holiday season, a donation of $39 to lifelinenarrm.org.au can answer a potentially life-saving call.
Day 12: Reflect, Recharge, and Renew
As we conclude our 12 Days of Wellness journey, take a moment to reflect on the insights shared by celebrities and the vital role Lifeline Narrm plays in supporting mental health. Use these days as an opportunity to recharge, renew, and enter the new year with a commitment to holistic well-being.
In the spirit of collaboration and community support, let’s navigate the new year with resilience, compassion, and a shared commitment to mental wellness.