January 2023 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 2023, 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 2023.

Now that the borders are well and truly open, you may be thinking of finally travelling overseas for a holiday or even the mainland.

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

Perhaps our resolutions could revolve around recovering from the ordeal of the last few years of bushfires and all restrictions associated with Covid. During this recovery phase, we must also remain vigilant of the ongoing risks whilst keeping safe, both psychologically and physically.

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

  • Getting your Covid vaccinations up to date by ensuring you have had your fourth vaccination. This 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 of Covid-19 across our community.
  • Take time for yourself. The last few years have created a lot of stress in avoiding infection and ensuring that we lead as normal a life as possible. Giving yourself the space just to take time out will allow you to deal with the day-today stresses of life and work.
  • Look out for your neighbours and community. We have been 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.

2023 should be the year of recovery for yourself and our wider community.