As we’re heading into this specific time of the year, it’s a time when we often reflect on how grateful we are for all the things we have in our lives. However, it’s also the time we remember that there are many people out there who find that Christmas is the hardest time in theirs.
For some it may be because they’ve lost somebody that year, don’t have family around, for others it may be financial issues or food insecurity - and Christmas is the season that amplifies those feelings of loss, shame, guilt, the list goes on.
As we partner with charity organisation SecondBite, we’ll be focusing on the food insecurity aspect that impacts people's feelings during the festive season. Around 5 million Australians suffer from food insecurity at least once in a year, which is a 20% increase across the past year alone.
Food insecurity is described as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Recent studies have shown that 30% of this population go a full day without eating - so imagine what it’s like when it comes to the festive season. Food insecurity during Christmas is a real thing and an increasingly sad reality for many Australians.
So if you’re feeling truly blessed this Christmas, then it may be time to think about how you can help others enjoy this festive season a little more this year. One nifty idea is putting ‘donate’ on your wishlist rather than putting something on your wishlist that you probably won’t need in a years time.
We’d also recommend donating food or money to the charity organisation SecondBite.
While the prospect of being able to wear your comfiest trackies ‘to work’ every day was great for some (read: all) of us at the beginning, the challenges soon caught up. If you’re not used to working from home, and especially if you don’t have a dedicated work set up, it may have occurred to you that there are so many distractions that surround us in the house. So how are we keeping ourselves motivated while working remotely?
If you’re reading this and in Melbourne, you can probably agree with us that it is pretty darn cold these mornings. And as with every Winter, we brace ourselves for the Cold & Flu season, stocking up on panadol, tissues and vicks, preparing a huge batch of chicken broth for when the goings really get you down… Which leads us to our next question. Is chicken broth really the elixir of health and the cure for everything?