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Getting Through Together Digest: 22nd April 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: wellbeing, resilience, campaign, lockdown, newsletter

Kia ora. How are we feeling after Monday's announcement, team?

For some of us the move to level three on April 28th will mean a return to a tiny bit more normality, for some there won't be a lot of change, and for others it will create new challenges to muddle through. Whatever it means for you, you can take pride in the fact you have done your bit so far to flatten the curve, saving thousands of lives in the process.

It has been tough and we do still have a little way to go until we are out the other side. So be kind to yourselves and look out for yourself and those around you. Remember to do the things that bring you joy each day.
Incorporating the five ways to wellbeing into your life is a great place to start.

In this issue, we share some wonderful new resources, helping both adults and children to stay mentally fit in their bubble.

Stay awesome, Aotearoa!

Arohanui,
All Right? and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Share your tips for getting through

Have you added your top tips on how you're getting through to our new digital wall?

We're getting some brilliant ideas in from across Aotearoa, and we would love you to join in the fun.

Share your getting through ideas today!

Giving away some downtime

If you’re busy juggling and slogging away, one of the best things you can do is to step away for a moment and have a bit of enjoyable downtime – taking a break for just a few minutes can really boost our energy levels. Small breaks can make a big difference.

We're giving away Downtime Dice to make it easier for you to take a break. Downtime dice are a fun tool we've created to showcase some of the free and simple ways you can take some downtime (even when you're in your bubble).

Win a Downtime Dice for your bubble.

Find out more about Downtime Dice on the All Right? website.

Sharing the Getting Through Together aroha

A key message behind our Getting Through Together – Whāia E Tātou Te Pae Tawhiti is that we can get through tough times by being there for each other and looking after ourselves. Sometimes it’s the smallest things we do, such as sharing a smile or reaching out to a friend, that can make the biggest difference to our mental health.

If you work for an essential service provider we'd love it if you helped us share the love by putting up some of our posters in your workplace.

You can order the posters on the All Right? website.

You can also download the Getting Through Together posters, if you're not an essential worker but you'd like to get your hands on the posters.

Some ways to calm the mind

M3 Mindfulness

We love these wonderful mindfulness videos by Jase Te Patu - founder of M3 Mindfulness.

His ten-part series of free videos for children, parents and teachers is perfect for those moments when you need to bring some calm into your routine or day.

Mentemia

John Kirwan has helped develop a new app called Mentemia. This app puts a mental wellbeing coach in the palm of your hand. On the app you can find a range of quick and easy tools and activities designed to 'make everyone a little bit better every day'.

Wanderble

Check out this great free 28-day 'Mindfulness in Isolation' course from Wanderble, if you're feeling a little all over the place. It's a great way to build a healthy new mindfulness habit!

More from our fave Kiwi celebs...

You might have noticed a few familiar faces sharing the things they're doing in lockdown to take care of their mental health. So if you're looking for a bit of inspiration, check out their posts: 

Check out more celeb tips and tricks on the MHF Instagram page.

Not all right?

For many of us, these new challenges and the loss of our regular routines is causing stress. We want you to know that however you’re feeling, there is someone to talk to and free help available. It’s okay to reach out if you need to - we all need a bit of support from time-to-time.

Call or text 1737 to speak with a trained counsellor anytime - it’s free and completely confidential. You can also call Lifeline on 0800 543354 or text HELP to 4357.

Check out the Mental Health Foundation’s website for further advice on how to stay mentally well during this time.

Until next time, stay well Aotearoa.
And remember, we'll get through this - together.


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