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Try these great ways to gain a fresh perspective over the holidays!

on Thursday, 29 November 2018. Posted in Mental Wellbeing

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With the Christmas season approaching, chances are that many of you will be taking annual leave. It is important to embrace the wonderful opportunities that come from holidays, particularly if you can travel and gain a fresh perspective on life.

There are many potential benefits from travel holidays. Research by psychotherapist Christine Webber found the following:

  • A reduction in blood pressure - important to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks
  • Improvement in sleep quality - important for physical and mental repair
  • Higher stress resilience scores - improvement in the body’s ability to recover from stress
  • Decreases in blood glucose levels - reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Improved energy levels and mood

Getting away doesn’t have to involve just lying on the beach and relaxing. Holidays full of interesting activities, can also help reduce stress.

A huge benefit of getting away, can be the perspective that we gain. This can boost our interest in life and lift depression and anxiety. Webber explains that “I have witnessed how going somewhere exotic and different can not only alter people’s perspectives on the world, but can also help to increase levels of confidence and happiness in their own individual lives.” 

These holidays, harness the gifts that a good holiday can bring. Try to:

  • Get out of your everyday environment
  • Unplug from technology 
  • Get into nature

Enjoy the many health and wellbeing benefits that flow!

If you can’t get away, there are other options for gaining perspective. These include:

  • Day trips
  • Visits to family and friends
  • Gardening and playing with your pets
  • Exploring your local neighbourhood

As a special treat, you might want to watch the just released film titled Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe which is both a visual and musical feast inspired by Hubble Spacecraft images. This 23 minute, amazing movie is freely available. It stirs and inspires us to reflect on the hugeness and beauty of the universe in an uplifting way. Accompanying this film are over 8,000 singing voices from 120 countries. If you can’t get away, why not take in this cinematic treat. The whole effect is quite beautiful and meditative. It might provide another way to gain some perspective on life and enter the New Year feeling refreshed and inspired…

 

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