January 26 means different things to different people. For many of us, it's a day of mourning. It's a reminder of the lasting impacts of colonisation, dispossession and invasion.
We think it’s important for mob to take time out, reflect and look after yourself. This week we will be focused on sharing ideas and guidance for good emotional health, accessing supports and staying connected to culture.
- Take time to reflect on how you’re feeling and think about what you need in that moment. Check in with your emotional wellbeing in the lead up to Survival Day, and reach out if you’re struggling.
- Deep breathing and mindfulness can help you stay present and centre your emotions. Think about taking a break from social media, turning notifications off or having a technology-free day if you’re struggling or start to feel overwhelmed.
- We all experience this day differently. Whatever your experience is, try to do something that helps you to find peace in yourself. Take a walk on Country, connect with other mob, and reach out for help if you need it - Yarning Safe’n’Strong: 1800 959 563 or LifeLine: 13 14 11
- It’s ok to take time out from conversations that are a drain on your energy. Don’t feel the need to engage – it's not on you to educate or explain.
- Taking time to connect with culture can help with building feelings of strength and resilience. Spend time around other mob or take part in activities that make you feel closer to culture – create art, take a walk on Country, listen to Koorie music, check in with family and friends.