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Your wellbeing during the festive season

Your wellbeing during the festive season


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s not to say that it doesn’t come with its own set of challenges, stress and chaos. Charlie Contributor, Michelle Curry, shares how you can look after your physical health and mental wellbeing this festive season, especially if you’re studying in Session 3!

Written by Michelle Curry

It is December already and the festive season is upon us.

While it is a time of joy and celebration, it can also be filled with stress, anxiety, and the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations.

Hands up if you’re also like me studying over Session 3.  

During the chaos, it is crucial to prioritise your physical health, as it plays a pivotal role in positively impacting your mental well-being.

Arming myself with some study snacks and staying organised during Session 3.

The Importance of Physical Health for Mental Wellbeing

Physical activity releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones that act as natural mood lifters.

As you navigate the holiday season, make time for exercise to keep both your body and mind in tip-top shape.

Whether it is a brisk walk, a heart-pounding run, or a calming yoga session, find an activity that brings you joy and helps you de-stress.

My top tip is to get along to Park Run where there are currently 484 events around the country taking place every weekend, you can walk, jog, or run.

Parkrun is very welcoming and inclusive, there is no time limit to complete the course, everyone is supported, and the best thing is it is free!

Ensuring you do 10,000 steps a day

Navigating Christmas shopping stress

The holiday shopping rush can be overwhelming, leading to heightened stress levels and anxiety.

It is essential to recognise the signs of stress and address them promptly.

Next time you find yourself overwhelmed in the shopping madness, take a step back and consider incorporating a short walk into your routine.

A stroll through a nearby park or around the block can work wonders in reducing stress and helping you regain focus.

Not only does exercise provide a physical outlet for stress, but it also clears the mind, making your shopping experience more enjoyable.

Before you enter the shops, make a list of what items you need to purchase, stick to your list, and plan your shopping trip accordingly.

Hit the shops early don’t leave it to the last minute.

Treating myself to a coffee while hitting the shops.

Gratitude and happiness hormones

Amid the chaos of the festive season, take a moment to practice gratitude.

Exercise is intricately linked to the release of hormones that promote happiness.

When you engage in physical activity, your body releases endorphins and serotonin, which are known as the “happy hormones.”

By making exercise a part of your routine, you are not only staying physically fit but also fostering a positive mindset.

As you reflect on the year and count your blessings, the combination of gratitude and exercise can elevate your overall sense of happiness and thankfulness.

Charles Sturt University Wellbeing Support Line

The holidays can be a challenging time for those who feel isolated or lonely. Reach out to your friends and loved ones, whether through a heartfelt message, a virtual Zoom gathering, or a phone call.  

If you or someone you know is struggling, remember that support is available.

The Charles Sturt University Student Wellbeing Support Line operates around the clock.

You can access immediate and short-term support 24 hours a day, including weekends and public holidays.

Students can call the 24/7 Student Wellbeing support line on 1300 572 516 or text the 24/7 Student Wellbeing Line on 0480 087 002.

SMS or text this number to begin a “live text” session. You exchange texts with a support worker in real time.

This holiday season, make a conscious effort to prioritise your physical health and mental well-being.

If you are studying over Session 3, remember to take a break, and embrace the power of exercise to alleviate stress.

Practice gratitude to foster happiness and strengthen connections to combat loneliness.  

Have a safe and happy festive season and make 2024 the best one yet.

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