Whole Warrior Solutions blog
Christmas is a time of joy and togetherness with loved ones for many people. However, for those who have experienced childhood trauma or have set boundaries with toxic family members, Christmas can be a challenging time. Additionally, those who have left mainstream Christian religion may find themselves alone on Christmas Day as most things in Australia are closed.
If you find yourself alone on Christmas Day and throughout the holiday season, know that you are not alone in your journey. There are things you can do to take care of yourself, such as taking a walk in nature, practicing mindfulness and meditation, or engaging in a creative activity. Consider volunteering to feed the homeless through a local charity. It may also be helpful to connect with others who are in a similar situation virtually or in person, for example via a neighbourhood centre or small group.
For NDIS participants living with a psychosocial disability, there may be options available to plan for short-term accommodation (STA) and respite away from your usual carers and home during the challenging Christmas period. This can be done alone or with your chosen support worker. Your Support Coordinator and Psychosocial Recovery Coach, may assist you in planning a respite trip with food and activities reimbursed from your NDIS core funding.
Another option for holiday support is requesting to book a virtual or phone call with your Recovery Coach on public holidays. There’s no harm in asking if your coach would consider a 30 or 60 minute call or even having a meal together on a public holiday. Your NDIS funding does include public holiday loadings for such needs. Particularly, if this time of year is a trauma trigger.
Remember, it is okay to prioritise your own wellness and set boundaries with family members who may not have your best interests at heart. This can be a difficult decision to make, but ultimately it is important for your own mental health and wellbeing. There are resources available to support you during this challenging time of being alone during the holiday season. The key is planning ahead. Reach out if you’d like to explore planning an STA respite trip during the Christmas period or book a public holiday call.
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Tania Gorry is the founder of Whole Warrior Solutions based on the Central Coast of NSW.
At Whole Warrior Solutions we provide Counselling, Coaching, Consulting and Community Services Australia wide. Established 2018
Founder of Whole Warrior Network @wholewarriornetwork #ndisnetwork Established 2019
Nexus, 3 Amy Close, Wyong NSW 2259, Central Coast, Australia
PO Box 200, Wyong NSW 2259
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