for being at home and how you can practice them:
This list has been adapted from Mental Health Foundation Five Ways to Wellbeing and Getting Through Together Wellbeing tips.
Connect – Tūhono: Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others is critical to boosting wellbeing.
How? Keep in touch with your friends, whānau and colleagues on the phone, through social media, video, chats, and text.
Get moving – Kia Kori:
Regular movements and exercise release tension and stress and gives you an energy boost. There are many ways you can be active at home.
How? Take a walk or bike around your neighbourhood. Do some gardening or other jobs around the house.
YouTube has many guided exercises and workshops you can watch for free. Andy’s Wild workouts is one example that was popular on Home Learning TV.
Give - Āwhina:
Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.
How? Think about a skill you have that you could share virtually with your whānau, offer to pick up groceries for elderly neighbours, or simply give a compliment to a loved one. If able, support our local business with online shopping options (most products will be delivered once alert levels drop). Many of our local butchers and green grocers are provided delivery during Alert Level 4.
Stick to a routine – Whai Mahere:
It will help you get through each day and adjust to regular life when alert levels drop. A routine will also make it easier to maintain balance between working at home and being present for those in your bubble.
How? Try to stick to your usual daily routine as much as possible. Get yourself ready for work at your usual time. Wake your children have them ready for the day at usual school/day-care drop-off times.
If working from home, end your working day by shutting down your workspace.
Take notice – Me aro tonu:
Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing. Notice the things that make you feel good and do them more often!
How? Take time for your morning coffee, a walk around your neighbourhood or playing games with those in your bubble.
Try the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, grounding technique to increase your awareness of what is around you while helping decrease anxiety, stress, and unhelpful thoughts. smallsteps.co.nz is a fantastic resource for other deep breathing and mindfulness activities.
Stay curious – Me Whai Whakaaro:
Learning new things helps focus your mind and gives you a sense of purpose.
How? Learn a language, a craft, or try mastering a tricky recipe. YouTube is a great resource for learning new things…or try the dances on Tiktok!
Relax – Mauri Tau:
Find ways to rest, switch off and recharge.
How? Reading, mindfulness, yoga, and deep breathing are all great ways to unwind. There are many guided activities on smallsteps.co.nz, YouTube and social media.