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Respite from the Winter Blues

Winter is approaching and the colder weather often affects us with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or the ‘winter blues.’

The days are shorter, and colder and wetter and we just feel like staying indoors. It’s hard to get motivated to go out, see people and be active. That can have a downside too with problems sleeping, not getting enough exercise, not eating properly, too much or not enough, and even feeling depressed.

You can help prevent SAD by doing simple things like getting outside and being active. Research shows that a daily walk of just one hour really helps. Try to take a walk in the middle of the day and get the benefit of the daylight which is a source of beneficial vitamin D.

Winter blues can overpower us sometimes and depression is something that should not be overlooked.

One of the main benefits of disability respite care is that it improves the well-being of both the individual with a disability and their family caregivers. Caregiving can be physically and emotionally taxing, and respite care can provide much-needed relief for caregivers who may be experiencing stress, exhaustion, and burnout. The colder months can make things harder for individuals and their caregivers.

If you are a NDIS client or carer you know that individual wellbeing is important. Enhancing the social and leisure activities of both client and carer is important all year round. But, if Winter puts difficulties in the way of daily activities, then respite can be a valuable solution.

Retreat South is an accredited, psychology-based residential retreat in coastal Victoria. We also provide short-term respite for clients or carers to enjoy a new environment, socialise and enjoy leisure activities in a new setting. Retreat South is located in a peaceful rural setting and provides superior accommodation, including all linen, meals and creative leisure activities.

We offer, individualised, short-term, accommodation and a range of daily activities to give NDIS participants and carers with an opportunity to relax, explore new scenery and things to do, or even learn new skills and set and achieve goals and beat the Winter blues.

Take a look at our NDIS information page or contact us to talk about how we can help.