The festive season can be an exciting time to connect with others and celebrate, it can also be the most stressful time of the year. Financial issues, family conflict and loneliness can increase stress for people especially in the lead up to Christmas and the new year.
Mix this with the stresses and anxiety many people have faced this year to due to COVID-19, looking after our mental health is more important than ever.
This month we recognise Sensory Processing Awareness Month.
The month is about educating others on what sensory processing disorder is (SPD), how living with the disorder can impact on someone's day to day life and what are the best strategies and resources to assist someone with SPD to live a happy and healthy life.
To gain a better understanding of SPD and how occupational therapy can assist someone living with the disorder, we spoke with HenderCare occupational therapist, Alice Zubrinich.
Here at HenderCare we understand COVID-19 has changed the way many of us go about our daily lives. For so many NDIS participants, particularly those living in areas with active COVID-19 cases, it has become increasingly important Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is easily accessible to ensure protection for both participants and workers.
The NDIA have recently put in place temporary measures to protect both participants and workers and ensure participants have continued access to PPE without it impacting on their budgets.
Today we acknowledge as R U OK? Day here in Australia. It's about encouraging those often difficult conversations around our mental health and to make sure we check in with the ones we care about.
We spoke with HenderCare psychologist, Branka Radovanovic, about the impact of such a simple question and how to ensure we continue the conversation into the future.