With Christmas just around the corner, an author has some important #SmartHealth tips for those who find this time of the year tough.As the festive season fast approaches thoughts for some start to turn toward the Christmas doldrums.
Psychologist and author Tess Howells, who will be a guest speaker at the City of Playford’s Civic Centre library this Thursday, said it is important to look for the positives at this time of year, even if you are missing a family member or are alone for the Christmas rush.
Tess has provided some tips for those who may be facing mental hurdles as the December celebrations kick off: 1.
Shift your thinking: “A lot of people don’t realise they can do this. Changing our thinking rewires our brains and leads to changed emotions and experiences.”
Think happy things: “If you find yourself feeling sad or stressed, try to deliberately shift your attention to more positive experiences in your life.”
Visualise: “Even just initially imagining what your ideal life looks like and get a clear picture in your mind of that.”
Exercise: “Depressed people often don’t move. It’s important to do what you can to get yourself moving – even if it’s a small walk around the block. Eating well is also important.”
Set goals: “Set out small achievable goals and always move towards them.”
Find someone: “If people don’t have family to connect with, connect with someone else’s family. Many people are happy to take in an ‘extra’”. Meanwhile, the City of Playford’s Grenville Community Connections Hub can always do with some volunteers on Christmas Day (8256 0377). Tess, who grew up in Elizabeth, will explain positive psychology and well-being at Thursday’s free event (10:30am to noon).
During the event, Tess will explain the principles of her positive psychology book, Change Your Thinking, Change Your World, discussing its themes and how they can be applied.
You can book into the talk by either going to a Playford library branch, or ringing 8256 0334.