After the past two years, the old saying ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’ will resonate for most. And we know many of you aren’t just empty, but bone dry, physically and emotionally. It’s now time to think about you.
Along with a range of activities and resources we’ll be sharing over the coming weeks and months, we’ve put together this lil’ hub here for you to fill your cup and take some time for you.
From free wellbeing apps and stress management tips to the best spots to get some fresh air outdoors, peruse our growing bank of resources in your own time.
Apps to check out
- HeadGear is a free, easy-to-use smartphone app that guides you through a 30–day mental fitness challenge designed to build resilience and wellbeing.
- myCompass is a free online tool that can help you identify unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and learn strategies to deal with them.
- Calm is a free app (there are in-app purchases) that helps with sleep and meditation, with guided meditations from 3 to 25 minutes.
- Headspace is a paid app where you can choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from managing stress and everyday anxiety to sleep, focus, and mind-body health.
- Wellweb is a paid app and streaming platform where you can find various educational videos for developing mindfulness with directions like yoga, mental health, parenting, nutrition and more.
A listening ear
With everything going on, a listening ear may be just what you need.
You may be interested in some free, solutions-oriented health and wellbeing support and counselling, provided by Converge International, which can help you and your staff manage Coronavirus-related issues at work and at home. Book with Converge on 1300 687 327 and quote the City of Greater Geelong client number 87286. This is a confidential service.
BeyondBlue has also developed NewAccess for Small Business Owners, a free and confidential mental health coaching program. Find out more here.
A bit of learning
Victoria Tourism Industry Council has a great series of videos that touch on subjects like what to expect from wellbeing support; how to ask R U OK in the workplace; ways to support a person who is struggling at work with mental health and wellbeing issues; how to manage anxiety and excessive worry; how to calm your emotions; building resilience; creating a self-care plan and more. Browse the collection.
The WorkWell Toolkit, by WorkSafe, is a free online tool to help build mentally healthy workplaces. It uses a step by step approach to help business leaders promote mental health and prevent mental injury in the workplace through access to tailored tools and information. Check it out.
Getting out and moving your body
Moving your body regularly can be incredibly beneficial, but can also be the last thing on your mind. For great day-to-day advice on moving your body and getting outdoors, check out Active Geelong or Live Lighter.
We’ve pulled a few stories from our Visit Geelong and The Bellarine channels to inspire your outdoor adventures in the region.