The holiday period can be fun but can sometimes be stressful too. Remember to take time for yourself, relieving stress is good for you, and for your liver.
Feeling well and managing stress can have real benefits to your health
When we reduce our stress and feel better, many aspects of our mental and physical health improve. Some examples of these improvements include improved immune system function, improved nutrition absorption, improved digestion, lowered blood pressure which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, more relaxed muscles, and less tension headaches. We also rest and recuperate better. Good health is important to us all and managing a chronic condition can lead to worry and distress. If you do start to feel low, it is important to reach out for help through networks that you are comfortable with.
Try to set some time where you do something just for yourself and anything that makes you happy. Here are some tips to help manage life’s stresses:
- Try mindfulness meditation.
- Engage in an activity that you enjoy such as listening to music in the garden or meeting with family or friends.
- Getting enough sleep is important to ensure that your body can function as needed throughout the day and is able to rest and recover at night.
You can discuss your health care needs and treatment options with a health care provider and develop a health management plan that is suitable for you. You can ask your health care provider if you are eligible for the 5 subsidised allied health sessions through the Medicare Benefits Schedule. You may also be eligible for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to subsidise medicines used in your treatment plan.
Tools & Resources
Meditation and Mindfulness
- Beyond Blue
- The Free Mindfulness Project
- For young people – Smiling Mind
- Check out a full range of Eating Well resources, including a free downloadable resource with delicious recipes, and hints and tips to improve your liver health.
- Healthy bedtime habits