January 2022 Newsletter

It was ‘that’ time of year only three weeks ago when a new year ticked over and the primordial urge to state our resolutions for the New Year took over.

Since it was three weeks ago, I am guessing most of us have now given up on our resolutions and gone back to our normal way of being.

A yearly ritual of broken self-promises.

For the year 2022, the stock standard resolutions of giving up smoking, losing weight and getting fitter and healthier will always be on top of our yearly list, but will include a few different items for 2022.

You may be thinking of finally travelling overseas for a holiday or starting a new business venture or side hustle to earn more money.

Unfortunately, there is so much economic and border closure uncertainty that these may seem like not such a good idea for 2022.

So what should our New Year’s resolutions be for this year?

Perhaps our resolutions should revolve around dealing with our situation as best as we can, keeping safe and as psychologically and physically well as possible.

That sounds a bit airy fairy, but the reality is that there are a few things we can do to protect ourselves and community.

  • Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is by far the most important thing you can do for yourself and community to protect against serious disease and reduce the rate of spread across our community
  • Take time for yourself. This pandemic has created a lot of stress of avoiding infection and ensuring that we lead as normal of life as possible. Giving yourself the space just to take time out will allow you to deal with the day to day stresses of life and work.
  • Look out for your neighbours and community. We are all dealing with this pandemic, some better than others. If a neighbour needs help, simply offering a hand or reaching out can give a sense of security to people and will strengthen our community.
  • Keep up going to your doctor for your health checks such as mammograms and skin cancer screening. Many people have put off these essential screenings due to the pandemic, which has put many people’s long term health at risk.

2022 should be the year of looking after yourself and looking after your community and ensuring that we come out the end of this pandemic in better shape than we started it.