As dental and oral health students, it’s no secret that we’re subject to a lot of stress. That’s why each day for the past week, shone a light on an aspect of mental and physical health to help you tackle some of these issues. Here’s a look back on everything that happened in Wellness Week!
First up, MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness is all about being in the moment and not dwelling on your past or being anxious about your future. There’s no need to meditate for hours to develop mindfulness – in fact, you can even practice it during everyday activities, like brushing your teeth! #oralhealth
Practicing mindfulness helps you to cope with stress and anxiety and helps you relax and concentrate so that you enjoy every moment, which really positively impacts your mental and physical health.
To get started, check out Headspace’s awesome YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3JhfsgFPLSLNEROQCdj-GQ), or download their app for short guided meditation sessions.
Dr. Kristin Neff also has a series of guided meditation sessions, as well as plenty of great resources to teach us about self-compassion: http://self-compassion.org/
Why not give it a go today?
MIPS – Sleep on it
“Much of our society is still operating under the collective delusion that sleep is simply time lost to other pursuits.” – Arianna Huffington
To find out about just how important sleep really is, and for tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, check out this article on the MIPS website: https://www.mips.com.au/blog-articles/sleep-on-it
And if you would like to better manage your sleep, improve your general wellbeing, reduce stress or break a bad habit, remember that all MIPS Members have privileged access to trained health coaches who will support you to create a healthier lifestyle.
The importance of ergonomics
Posture is so vital to our wellbeing as dental and oral health care professionals, but we’re definitely all guilty of not giving it the attention it deserves.
Dr Aniko Ball shares her tips on how we can overcome and prevent occupational chronic pain in the dental surgery – have a read below!
R U OK? DAY
At ADSA, we want YOU to be a part of the national movement dedicated to encouraging the importance of regular, meaningful conversations. That’s why, on Thursday 14th September, we asked each other, #RUOK?
To help you get the conversation started, ADSA’s Uni representatives gave out some free goodies and had a quick chat to everyone there! Check out some snaps of what happened on the day:
R U OK? is a suicide prevention organisation dedicated to helping all Aussies play a role in stopping feelings of loneliness and isolation among family members, friends and workmates by staying connected and having regular, meaningful conversations. Check out their website https://www.ruok.org.au/ for tips on how to get the conversation going.
GUILD – Getting ok with it
R U OK provides us with a reminder that there are many people in our community, our family and even in our peer groups and clientele that are struggling with life. We recently spoke with Dr. Eryn Agnew, Community Relations Officer and Professional Consultant, Australian Dental Association, Victorian Branch (ADAVB) to gain some insights on how dentists cope with the stress of a claim along with the several emotions at play in our everyday activities. #RUOK
LGBTI+ in the dental community
Although the majority of LGBTI+ Australians live healthy, happy lives, there are still times when they can be subjected to discrimination, prejudice and abuse. That is is why LGBTI+ people tend to have higher levels of anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorders than their peers.
Despite this, the LGBTI+ community is thriving and support networks helping those who may be struggling with their identity are becoming more widespread. We had a chat to Pierre Kieu, a Griffith dental student, who shared his story and his positive experiences as part of the LGBTI dental community.
If you need to talk things out or find out more about local support services near you, you can head over to Qlife for an online chat (https://qlife.org.au/) or phone call (1800 184 527)
Mental Health Contact List
That’s a wrap for ADSA’s Wellness Week, but don’t let that stop you from continuing to take care of yourself and the people around you, both mentally and physically! Take the chance to ask a friend or family member how they are doing, or check in with someone you haven’t seen for a while.
The stats on mental health speak for themselves – it’s a widespread issue that affects roughly 1 in 4 young Australians. If you are struggling with life, don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone you know, or at one of the multiple organisations who are there to support you.
Take care of yourselves!
Love the ADSA team