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Getting Through Together Digest: 3rd May 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, wellbeing, resilience, campaign, lockdown

Kia ora. How has your first week of level 3 been?

We see you out there cycling, walking in the sun and showing the love to our local food and coffee joints. Go you!

While there's been good bits, we know that there's been lots of wobbles and struggles too. Feeling frustrated, over it and a bit all over the place is completely normal right now.

Catching up with friends and whānau over a Zoom, text or good old fashioned phone call is an awesome way to stay connected, but it can present its fair share of challenges too. In this issue, we hear how John and Jill are staying connected in a digital world. And as always, there's lots of great tips to help us get through together.

As always, take care out there, Aotearoa.

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

A day in the life of John and Jill...

We’ve all had to temporarily change our social habits over recent weeks, as we get up to speed with video calling each other, but for John and Jill Wilson there’s an unexpected hiccup to all of this close angle camera work.

“It’s not flattering for the elderly, I’ll say that,” John jokes over Zoom from their home.

At 83 and 81 respectively, John and Jill say the Covid-19 crisis is unlike anything they’ve previously experienced. The devastating Christchurch earthquake of 2011 is as close as it gets, they reckon. Born in the late 1930s, both of them have the odd memory of World War Two and the polio epidemic of 1947.

Read John and Jill’s story to hear about how the modern conveniences of 2020 are helping them to stay happy, social and well whilst staying put in their retirement village during COVID-19.

Are you worried about someone right now?

It's difficult to physically be there for someone you might be worried about due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in place.

But there are still things we can do to help. If you are worried about someone's mental health at the moment, trust your gut and reach out to them on the phone or online. Let them know there is help available to them, and encourage them to talk to someone about what they are going through.

Check out this resource from the Mental Health Foundation for further advice.

Sending you a little level 3 love... 

We're all at different places, and that's all right!

It's all right if your most successful COVID project was putting your bins out.
It's all right if your bubble is still arguing over what type of takeaway to get last night.
It's all right if cabin fever is making you think living in your backyard for Level 3 is a viable option.
It's all right if you're secretly happy your partner's gone back to work now.

Check out the full set on the All Right? Facebook page if these have got you giggling!

Building your mental fitness

Like our physical fitness, our mental fitness takes time and work to improve and strengthen.

Our friends at Headfirst have created several videos showcasing how some of our top rugby players are looking after their mental fitness right now. Hear from Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ruby Tui and Du’Plessis Kirifi on how they are prioritising their mental fitness during the country’s lockdown by creating a plan and sticking to it.

Check out these wellbeing tips from All Black Sam Whitelock on the FarmStrong Facebook page - episodes 2 and 3 are now available. Sam talks about why he’s staying in touch with his mates right now, and how he's looking after himself and his family on the farm during noho rahui/lockdown.

Discover your strengths

Research shows that knowing our strengths is great for our wellbeing. What are your strengths? Kindness, curiosity, perseverance, humour or something else entirely?

Knowing your strengths isn’t just interesting - finding ways to use them everyday can boost our happiness, relationships and life satisfaction.

Find out your strengths by doing the VIA Strengths quiz.

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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