Looking after your holistic wellbeing


There’s more to keeping healthy and happy than just exercise and eating well (although these things are of utmost importance!)

Taking a holistic approach to our wellbeing is important and there are loads of different ways to help you feel good mentally. It is important that our decisions, lifestyle and life goals are in line with our core values.

With New Year’s resolutions beginning to enter our minds, we’ve made a list of some of our favourite ways to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.


Volunteering is all about helping others, but that doesn’t mean it can’t help you too! Our amazing volunteers at the YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run had a blast, and loved cheering everyone on!

Volunteering introduces you to a world you might never have discovered otherwise. It can be challenging, rewarding, and most of all, fun. Studies show that people who volunteer are generally very happy people – because helping others feels good!

At the Y, we have over 1,200 volunteers that make a valuable contribution to their communities every day. Whatever your passion is – camping, youth, travel, events – we’ve got the perfect volunteer position for you.

Read more here: http://victoria.ymca.org.au/support/how-to-support-the-ymca/volunteer.html, or email us at volunteer.info@ymca.org.au

Unplug from technology
Shut down your laptop, switch off the TV, turn your phone off, and do something that doesn’t require looking at a screen! Read a book, do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, bake some muffins, take a bath, listen to music, play an instrument; the list goes on.

In this world of smart phones and instant gratification, it takes a conscious effort to step away from our devices and slow down. Partaking in something a little more old-fashioned like flicking through a magazine or newspaper without checking your phone for half an hour can feel unnatural at first, but you’ll feel better for it almost immediately.



By setting aside some quiet time to centre yourself, you can bring out feelings of peace, along with heightened energy and awareness. Regular meditation offers many health benefits, such as reduced stress, anxiety, depression and obesity just to name a few.

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