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Getting Through Together Digest: 29th July 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, wellbeing, research, resilience, workplace, campaign

Are you doing things differently post-noho rāhui/ lockdown?

Looking back, are there things in your life that you used to do and enjoy, but don't do as much anymore? Or are you back up and running at full speed?

If you're still 'easing back' to life at Level 1, it could be a good time to think about whether you've caught up with others lately. While it can be awesome to have time alone to reflect, recharge and take notice, spending quality time with friends and whānau can really give us a boost.
That's why 'Connect' is one of the Ways to Wellbeing.

Feeling lonely is something that most of us will experience during our lives, and we know that over noho rāhui, more of us felt lonely.
A study carried out during Level 4 found that 10.6 percent of respondents said they had felt lonely most or all of the time in the previous four weeks.

While the causes of loneliness can be complex, there are things we can all do to look after ourselves and each other. Simple things like catching up with a mate, phoning a friend, or smiling at a stranger can make a big difference.

There's a lot of great information on loneliness on the new 'Let's End Loneliness' website.

In this edition, we're excited to be sharing some wellbeing tips from Dr Siouxsie Wiles - she learnt the hard way that you always need to look after yourself - even when you're super busy!

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

I've got a great family who are trying to remind me to slow down and say not to things - Dr Siouxsie Wiles.

How the pandemic has impacted an expert

When COVID-19 hit our shores, Dr Siouxsie Wiles became a known face and voice. She cut through the medical jargon and helped to keep us all informed about how to stay safe and what to expect from the virus.

We recently sat down with Siouxsie to hear how the last few months have been for her.

A message for our newest members of the team...

We love that our team of five million is expanding as more and more of you return home to New Zealand.

Many of those arriving home have gone through a lot of change and had a long journey to get here. If you're among those who have returned home, welcome! And if you're feeling a wide range of emotions, you're not alone.

We've put together a list of hotel-friendly wellbeing tips to help those in quarantine get through. Feel free to share these with those who might need a little boost right now.

Prioritising wellbeing from the get-go

A focus on staff wellbeing has always been front of mind for the team at Sharesies.

“You have to make sure your people are well. We’re in an innovative industry where you need creative thinking, you need new ideas. We’re also in a fast-moving type of business, which means we need resilient people who can adapt to change.

“If you’re not well, that’s hard. How you feel about yourself could really impact how you feel in any moment. You can’t be creative if you’re not confident. You can’t put new ideas out into the world if the voice in your head is telling you ‘you’re no good and no-one likes you.’”

The team at Sharesies.

Be inspired by what Sharesies is doing to look after their staff’s wellbeing during COVID-19 and beyond.

If you’re looking for ways to prioritise mental health in your workplace, check out:

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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