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Getting Through Together Digest: 17th May 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: families, newsletter, wellbeing, education, resilience, campaign, lockdown

Kia ora. It's a big week ahead Aotearoa, with school heading back tomorrow and many more of us stepping out of our bubbles.

After so long in noho rāhui/ lockdown, it's totally normal for you to be experiencing mixed emotions right now. We’re all different, and our experiences during noho rāhui have varied greatly.

No matter how you’re feeling about being back in level 2, today's a good day to reflect on your noho rāhui experience. Taking five minutes to think about what's been good about the last seven weeks, and what you're most looking forward to about the weeks ahead, can be a great way to process our emotions and think about what's really important to us.

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

How we're feeling about level 2

After so long at home, it's understandable our feelings about level 2 are mixed:

  • "I can't wait to get back out and back to work... but I know a lot aren't keen."
  • "Scare to send my kids back to school!"
  • "I'm not sure, hopefully people are stil careful."
  • "I want to stay home with my family. I don't want my husband to go back to work."

It’s good to remember that we all have a part to play in helping each other feel better when we go out and about – keeping our physical distance, following the instructions and remembering that other people may be nervous about being around us, too.

Jaimee's lockdown rollercoaster

Jaimee McKernan has had more ups and downs than most over the last two months.

Things started well for Jaimee, with her wedding going ahead as planned the weekend before the country went into noho rāhui. Things went downhill from there when a few days later she was diagnosed with Covid-19. To make matters worse, Jaimee and her husband both work in the aviation industry and face uncertainty over the future of their jobs.

Find out more about Jaimee's lockdown experience and what's getting her through (YouTube).

Heigh-ho it's off to school we go

We know some parents and tamariki will have some concerns if they're returning to school tomorrow.

Our friends at Sparklers at Home have put together a guide to support whānau with this transition. It has great tips for alleviating some of the worries tamariki may be feeling right now.

Find more parenting tips from Sparklers at Home.

Slowing down and reducing our self-expectations

Living through tough times can really put us into overdrive and stir up our mānukanuka / anxious feelings.

We might feel as though we have to be a chef, athlete, teacher, parent and partner all at the same time – but we don’t! Our whānau and friends love us for who we are rather than who we think we have to be.

"I started to think: 'Okay, why am I doing this? Am I doing this to please other people? Am I doing this to put up photos on social media to say I'm okay?'"

The above quote is from 34-year-old Samantha from Auckland, who has felt the pressure while living with her husband Christopher and toddler Ashton in their bubble. Sam is also pregnant and lives with high anxiety levels.

With the help of her husband Christopher, Sam’s implemented practical things to ensure negative thoughts don’t overwhelm her - walks, board games with her husband and connecting with family, friends and her coffee group. Speaking to Christopher about how she felt, and reinforcing they were all in it together, also helped.

Read more about Sam’s story on dealing with tough times with help from others.

Do you have a loved one experiencing distressing emotions right now?
Find out how you can help others get through tough times.

Hinemoana: He Waka Eke Noa

Ko ngā whīra, anō nei he moana. Ahakoa te aha me mātua mōhio koe, he waka eke noa.

Just like the ocean, our emotions are always changing. But as we reset and reconnect, we're all paddling together.

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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