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Getting Through Together Digest: 27th May 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, campaign, wellbeing, employment, resilience, workplace

Kia ora. How's your Coronacoaster?

The last couple of months have been a hell of a ride, full of ups and downs, frustrations and hopefully, some good moments.

How has the ride been over the last couple of weeks? Here's some things we've noticed:

  1. Socialising can be exhausting! Great, but exhausting.
  2. Having to get out of the comfy trackies for work is hard. 
  3. Sourdough starters die without ongoing love.
  4. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. How good is it to be around your favourite people? 

In this issue, we've got some expert advice and suggestions to help you ride your Coronacoaster.

All Right? and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Getting through a redundancy

The economic hardships resulting from COVID-19 have put financial stress on many whānau, and led to an increase in unemployment.

Richard Jack is a man all too familiar with the word redundancy - he has been through it a number of times, including as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes, and has compassion for those going through it now as a result of COVID-19.

The father of two says it can be a shock initially, but looking back, he's found it to be a positive thing.

“It could be a good opportunity for some to do a reset and see where you’re headed. It might give you time to sit back and re-evaluate where you’re at.”

Richard's top tips that helped him to get through a redundancy are:

  1. Know that it’s not your fault.
  2. Give yourself a chance to realign or adjust your direction.
  3. Exercise if you can and hang out with your family.
  4. Try to get out there and start knocking on doors.

Visit the All Right? website for more on Richard's experience getting through a redundancy.

Rediscovering what makes you feel good

During times of stress and uncertainty, we can sometimes put off the things that bring us joy and make us happy until we 'sort out' our problems.

It can be easy to think "oh when I have that, then I can do this".

But as disaster psychologist Dr Rob Gordon says, this strategy ultimately allows our wellbeing to erode and therefore we are less able to cope through life challenges.

Dr Gordon says this postponement of healthy joy can lead to other, less healthy coping strategies, such as drinking more or exercising less, creeping into our everyday.

So when life gets tough, it is even more important to keep up the good things in life. That's where Five Ways to Wellbeing fit in...

Feeling blah?

Even if we're run-down, tired or stuck in a bit of a rut, there are simple things we can do every day to feel good.

The New Economics Foundation (London) published a report based on analysis of international wellbeing science in 2008. They presented the top 5 things that anyone could do, anywhere, at any time, as a kind of '5+ a day' for your mental wellbeing.

Here's what they landed on:

  1. Connect - me whakawhanaunga.
  2. Be Active - me kori tonu.
  3. Take Notice - me aro tonu.
  4. Keep Learning - me ako tonu.
  5. Give - tukua.

These five ways - each in their own way - boost your daily positive experiences, grow your wellbeing skills and make it easier to cope with tough times. No matter your age, health status or where you live - we can all do these five things in our own ways - and they don't need to cost a thing!

Find out more about the five ways to wellbeing on the All Right? website.

Queen's Birthday challenge

Here's a wee challenge for your long weekend -  how many of the five ways can you fit into each day?

We'd love it if you could share what you're doing to feel good on our living wall.

Order a workplace rollercoaster

Life is full of ups and downs - on any given day we can feel over it, hōhā, stoked, or all of the above.

The All Right? workplace rollercoaster has been created to help team members identify how they're feeling and where their colleagues are at.

Sometimes it's hard to talk about how we're feeling but the rollercoaster lets us simply show it in a light-hearted way. It's good to let others know when you're feeling stressed, sweet or hōhā!

Each rollercoaster comes with a set of carriages for up to 15 people.

Workplaces can order their own rollercoasters from the All Right? website.

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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