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Christmas message

Kereama Carmody - Master Plumbers / Masterlink Wellbeing Coach shares his update:

Kia ora team and Meri Kirihimete (Merry Christmas),

What a year! It’s been pretty busy and thanks to all of you that have reached out over the year for a yarn and for helping to break down the stigma that can go with mental illness. I think kiwi's are getting better at reaching out when life becomes a challenge.

Christmas can be a challenging time. For many it can increase feelings of isolation if they don’t have family and friends close by. For those who have lost loved ones during the year, Christmas can heighten feelings of loss. This year, I’m supporting my wife who lost her mum during 2022. It’s a tough time for her.

Financially, there is increased pressure on the bank account to buy presents and entertain. Try to stick to a budget – this year is particularly hard given what is happening with prices across the country.

For those who are on call or working through, make sure you get some down time after Christmas if you can as everyone needs a rest. Most of you will have had your Christmas work function and now it’s only a few days to wind down and reflect on what you have achieved in 2022 as well as what’s in store for 2023.

I hope you have a safe and happy break. I’m looking forward to meeting more of you next year as we hold more Wellbeing Workshops across New Zealand.

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