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  • 10 Tips to Stress Less During the Holiday Season

    The holiday season is fast approaching and can be a time of fun but, it can also take a toll on our mental health. Feelings of stress, anxiety and depression are common during the holiday season.

    Below are some tips to help you take care of your wellbeing throughout the holiday season.

    Have realistic expectations of yourself and others

    Try to let go of past negative feelings and attend holiday celebrations with an open mind. This will help you and others to relax and enjoy the time together.

    Pick who you spend time with and talk to

    Do things with people you feel most comfortable with. Go for a walk with a favourite relative or friend to give you time away from any tension or stress.

    Avoid known triggers

    Avoid discussing touchy subjects such as politics or religion during celebrations. If a touchy subject is bought up by someone else, find a distraction to change the conversation.

    Plan fun things to do

    Plan an activity to do as a group such as a board game or a cricket match in the backyard, and focus on things everyone enjoys doing together.

    Take time out to spend with friends

    Take time out to spend with friends during the holidays as well as family. Allow yourself a break from spending all your time in one place so that you don’t become overwhelmed or resentful.

    Set aside time for yourself

    Having some ‘me’ time, such as going for a walk or having a nap, helps to refocus and relax.

    Look after your physical health

    Getting enough sleep, keeping up with your regular activity routine, using relaxation techniques, and eating and drinking with moderation will help give you the stamina to get through the demands of the season.

    Set limits

    Set limits for time you will spend with family and friends. This makes your time together special and more enjoyable.

    Be grateful

    Appreciate the small things that other people do for you and reciprocate with gestures that show your appreciation for them. This takes away the negativity and replaces it with positive thoughts and actions.

    Do something positive

    If you are alone for the holidays do something positive for yourself. Cook a nice meal, read a good book, watch a movie, go for a walk, or contact someone that you’re not able to be with and catch up by phone or video.

    If you know someone who will be alone over Christmas, consider getting in touch with them. Have a chat on Christmas morning or even invite them to join in your festivities.

    Consider volunteering so that you spend time with others and have a welcoming place to go. Random acts of kindness make us feel good and relieves stress by focusing on someone else.

    WayAhead - Mental Health Association NSW. (2016). 10 Tips to Stress Less during the Holidays. Retrieved from https://wayahead.org.au/get-the-facts/10-tips-to-stress-less-during-the-holidays/

  • Working from home self-care

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen people suddenly working remotely, trying to juggle their workload with their home life. But while working from home might be new to you, some have been doing it for years. Below are some tips on making remote work easier.

    Go easy on yourself

    While transitioning from office life can be difficult under regular circumstances, it’s important to remember this is not a normal situation. For the first week or so… listen to what you need for yourself.

    Managers should be understanding during this time as staff adjust to the situation.

    Don’t try to replicate your office schedule at home

    It’s not sustainable to try to keep your 9-to-5 office schedule at home. For one, you might be dealing with children who are also stuck at home. Take the opportunity to figure out a schedule that works for you.

    Set the mood

    You may have a home office, or a room that can be transformed into one, or you might find yourself setting up your laptop at the kitchen table, or struggling to find space in a small apartment that feels like a work environment.

    Do a few small things to make the space feel motivating, such as putting your degrees on the wall, go for a morning walk, light a candle, put on some music. If there’s anything that’s motivational, that inspires you, create that space, if you can.

    It’s also important to keep things tidy, especially at the end of the day, so that you’re not waking up to a messy office.

    Make a daily routine

    Create a sense of regularity to help orient yourself to her your working situation.

    It involves simple things such as getting up at the same time every day, working out regularly, showering, brushing your hair — all things that can contribute to feeling like you have a routine to transition you from “home” to “work.”

    Get dressed

    One key part of the routine we recommend is getting dressed. Dress comfortably, you don’t have to put on a blazer or walk around your house in your work shoes, but just changing out of your pyjamas sends a signal to yourself that it’s time to be productive.

    This is key for most people when first starting to work from home.

    Stay connected

    It’s important to check in on your colleagues, whether it’s a text message or a Skype message, and try to have meetings over phone or video when possible.

    It’s also important to make time for your (virtual) social life. Whether it’s a weekly happy hour over Skype or long phone calls with your closest friends, social connection has never been more important.

    Make and keep boundaries.

    It can be tempting to be connected to work all the time when your office is your home, setting boundaries is extra important so you don’t burn yourself out.

    Take care of yourself

    Take time to exercise regularly or just to get fresh air. Take a break from the news also, especially when it’s full of information that can cause anxiety.

    Ensure your routine includes some element of self-care.

    Create your own self-care plan

    Determine at least one strategy or activity from each of the self-care categories, that you can undertake. Ensure that the activity you choose is enjoyable and individual to you.

    Keep your self-care plan visible to help you commit to your activities.  Sharing self-care plans in your work teams is a great way to support each other remotely and keep in contact.

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  • LinkedIn Learning

    LinkedIn Learning is an online subscription library that teaches the latest business, creative and software skills through high-quality instructional videos. The Charles Sturt LinkedIn Learning portal offers a customised learning environment that is mapped to the University's Capability Framework and contains a large number of resources available for staff to access for free. 

    We have developed three new collections that can benefit you during this time.

    CollectionContents
    Resilience
    • Managing Stress for Positive Change (Course)
    • Avoiding Burnout (Course)
    • Avoiding Burnout (Video)
    • Performing under Pressure (Course)
    • Mindfulness Practices (Course)
    • De-stress: Meditation and Movement for Stress Management (Course)
    • Managing Stress (Course)
    • Thriving @ Work: Leveraging the Connection between Well-Being and Productivity (Course)
    • Happiness Tips (Course)
    • Building Resilience (Course)
    • Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Option B: Building Resilience (Course)
    • Enhancing Resilience (Course)
    Continuous Improvement - Growth Mindset
    • Creativity Bootcamp (Course)
    • Cultivating a Growth Mindset (Course)
    • The power of a growth mindset (Video)
    • Adopting a growth mindset (Video) Creating a Culture of Learning (Course)
    • Lifelong learning is the new norm (Video)
    • The New Rules of Work (Course)
    • #1: Become a lifelong learner (Video)
    • Why there are new rules of work, learning and life (Video)
    Manage Stress and Build Mindfulness into your "New Normal"
    • Mindfulness Practices (Course)
    • The Mindful Workday (Course)
    • Mindful Meditations for Work and Life (Course)
    • Managing Stress for Positive Change (Course)
    • How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed (Course)
    • Balancing Work and Life (Course)

    To sign up to LinkedIn learning, refer to the LinkedIn Learning Webpage.

    For all enquiries, please contact PDPrograms@csu.edu.au.

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