THE WELLBEING PROJECT
Transitioning from school to adult life is a challenging and uncertain time. Entering or moving through the workforce, transitioning through educational settings, developing independent social networks, developing intimate relationships, changes in identity and sense of self and cognitive, physical and emotional development are all major influences on the health and wellbeing of young adults. These new and daunting areas in a young person’s life can be saturated with anxieties and can affect a young person’s emotional wellbeing.
This Wellbeing Project hopes to:
- Normalise and encourage conversation around mental health and emotional / cultural wellbeing
- Give you a few tips and strategies on managing stress
- Develop practical ways to help you cope with difficult events
- Give you information about how to keep your wellbeing in check
Artwork courtesy of @elisemghell
BEFORE WE START
While this program hopes to address emotional and physical wellbeing and provide you with strategies and the tools to nurture your wellbeing, remember, this is a reference guide and not intended to be and should not be relied on as a substitute for specific medical health advice. We encourage you or any one you are concerned about, to seek help and advice from your GP or access the free mental health hotlines listed below:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Headspace: 1800 650 890
WELLBEING AND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Wellbeing is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction. Your wellbeing is a complex system that is influenced by social, cultural, emotional, and physical factors. These influences are essentially the areas of an individual’s life where their mental health or wellbeing can be impacted. These impacts can vary in significance depending on the importance of each area to an individual and how they’re going with each area.
The state of your wellbeing can be impacted by a number of factors including;
- Relationships with family, partner and friends
- How well you enjoy your work.
- Financial stability
- Regular exercise
- Connection to culture
- Healthy self-esteem
- A sense of purpose and belonging.
TO START OFF – HOW TO STAY POSITIVE
When challenges arise it’s easy to start thinking negatively — but it’s in those moments where we need optimism the most. Here are some tips that will help you maintain a positive outlook when things get tough.
Remember to take pauses during your day.
One way to stay positive is by taking lots of pauses during the day; take a couple of mindful breaths, time for yourself and focus on what you are grateful for.
Take note when something brings you happiness
Regularly send a text to your family or friends sharing something positive that happened to you during the day. Positivity is contagious, it always means more when you reflect on the moment.
Express gratitude for the small things
Try to stay positive by expressing gratitude for even the smallest, most obvious things: watching a bird fly by as you look out the window, waking up and staying a few extra minutes in bed or going for a morning or afternoon walk. Focus on all that ‘you do’ have.
Take some time for yourself
It is important to conserve your energy when you’re having a hard day or week. Remember, you don’t always have to say ‘yes’. Set boundaries for yourself so when you do feel like being around people you can be positive and present.
Continuing reading about the ways you can focus on your wellbeing and continue to nurture yourself, your family, friends and community.
Wellbeing for 18 – 22 years – https://www.yalari.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Wellbeing-Program-18-22.pdf
Wellbeing for 22 – 30 years – https://www.yalari.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Wellbeing-Program-22-30.pdf
Connecting to Culture – https://www.yalari.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Connecting-to-Culture.pdf
Physical Wellbeing – https://www.yalari.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Physical-Health.pdf
Why We Need Sleep – https://www.yalari.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Sleep.pdf
Regular Check Ups – https://www.yalari.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Regular-Check-Ups.pdf