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Getting Through Together Digest: 6th May 2020

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

Kia ora. Haven't we done well? Two '0' case days in a row is definitely a cause for celebration. Thank you for doing your bit!

This was always going to be a marathon, and not a sprint, and there's still a way to go. But so far, so good Aotearoa.

As we transition between levels the impact of COVID-19 on our everyday life changes - some of us are back at work, some of us are still at home in our bubble, while others have had their normal life turned upside down. As a community it's more important than ever to keep sharing the aroha from afar - we're all still in this together.

Stay safe, Aotearoa.

All Right? and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Wellbeing at work during COVID-19

This is a time of increased stress and pressure for all of us - it’s affecting how we work, how we relate, and what we can and can’t do. We need to prioritise mental wellbeing so we can manage our lives over the next few weeks, make good decisions, manage additional stress and distress and prepare ourselves for what’s to come.

If you’re a workplace leader, you can have a direct impact on the wellbeing of your employees right now.

The Mental Health Foundation has developed a guide to provide workplace leaders with helpful tips and information to promote a supportive environment for their employees throughout this trying time.

They’ve also put together wellbeing tips for those who are working tirelessly to keep our healthcare system ticking over. To all the frontline healthcare workers out there - thank you for your manaakitanga, kindness, and bravery during this time.

Looking at your lockdown

We asked you to tell us what you were enjoying the most about being in noho rāhui/lockdown and what you've been missing the most.

We had hundreds of responses and there were some very clear themes - we liked the slower pace, time shared with bubble members, and having time to do things that we'd never got around to. It won't come as a surprise that many of us are missing coffee, getting outdoors, and face-to-face catch ups with friends and family. Sound familiar?

Using our strengths from past tough times to get through

If you’ve lived through really tough times before, you might find that you’re better at managing mental distress than your friends and whānau who haven’t right now. These hard times may have shaped you to become a stronger, more sensational version of yourself and are helping you face challenges in your mirumiru/bubble.

Erin feels a similar way. Erin has lived through disordered eating and a bipolar diagnosis and has picked up many wellbeing tools from mental health services, psychologists and peer support groups along her journey. These tools are helping her during COVID-19.

“I now know what I need to do to keep myself well, that doesn’t mean I do it, necessarily, but I can pick things up a lot faster,” she says.

Read Erin’s story to find out more about how she’s getting through right now.

He aroha mau roa

The last few weeks have highlighted how important it is to look out for each other and connect in meaningful ways. Those little moments we took for granted, like a hug, handshake or hongi, are sorely missed.

While we're a long way from normal, there are still lots of simple and easy things we can do to boost our own wellbeing.

To make it easier to share a message of aroha and get some wellbeing tips we've created this new postcard set. The manawa/hearts represents aroha, love and compassion, and the woven tukutuku panels reflect our ongoing connectedness.

You can order yours for free on the All Right? website.

Music is good for the soul

May is New Zealand Music Month, and this year marks its 20th anniversary. There’s no better time to take notice of the incredible musicians that our country has produced - we see you there having your lounge jams, and we're right there with you!

So whether you’ve turned your bubble into a Private Universe, are dreaming of somewhere warm like Sierra Leone (or the April Sun in Cuba), have found Bliss by being Home Again, Can’t Get Enough of your bubble members, or just long to check out Dominion Road, Cashel Street or Geraldine, there are Not Many better ways to indulge your senses than listening to kiwi music. It can help you from becoming Supalonely.

Head over to NZ Music Month for a full list of ways to get involved.

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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