Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving - you're thriving.
This guide is designed to provide inspiration and activities to help bring MHAW to life in your workplace, school or home. It’s important to acknowledge that everyone goes through hard times, and sometimes your mental health and wellbeing might not feel as good as you’d like it to. Knowing what can help during these times can make a big difference. Included in this pack is a short guide on the things you can do if you or a friend, whānau member or hoamahi/colleague isn’t feeling good and needs some tautoko/support
Mental Health Awareness Week Guide 2022
Resources for the tamariki
Diet plays a vital role in our mental health and overall mood, as anyone who’s ever been ‘hangry’ can confirm. Understanding how food can improve our quality of life and overall wellbeing can help us to make better choices about food. Click on the image for more information from EAP about Food Moods
You may find that exploring spirituality can help you find balance in your life. There are various options to explore when it comes to this. Maybe you already know your spiritual beliefs but have neglected them. Brush up on your spiritual knowledge. It may bring you peace.
Emotional wellness plays a big part in our lives. It can make or break us. You can reduce stress levels by maintaining healthy relationships and staying organized. If you feel overwhelmed, consider seeking help. There is no shame in the therapy game.
Keep your brain functional by exploring your curiosity. Learn new things, find a hobby, read a book. Browse through Facebook groups of like-minded people in WHATEVER interest you may have. Goodness knows there’s a group for everything
Taking care of your body physically can improve your mental wellbeing. Make sure you get all your checkups with your doctors and dentist. Keeping up to date with your health will lead to fewer ailments and less aches and pains. Getting adequate amounts of sleep allows your body to recharge.
Maintaining healthy relationships is essential. Don’t be afraid to let go of toxic relationships, they only hurt you in the long run. It’s good to have a healthy network of people you can talk to.
Clear space = clear mind. I know this works for me. I can’t function in a mess. Declutter your home, workspace, or even outside. It’s good to know that you helped contribute to keeping our planet clean.
Reduce stress levels by keeping your finances in order. Live within your means. Create a budget. Dedicate a certain percentage of your income towards your savings. This helps in case of emergencies.
Social connections and relationships are very important in maintaining our mental health
Call an old friend for a quick chat
Make time to socialise with friends regularly
Video calls, games night, join a club
Be Active and Get Outside
20minutes a day is all you need. It doesn’t have to be intense it can be a walk with the dog
Try to build physical activity into your daily routine
Try a new exercise e.g. dancing, cleaning, seated exercises if office work
Vitamin D is good for reducing anxiety and depression. A few minutes in the sun outside each day helps.
Try to stop and take notice of how you are feeling, slow down
Remember to notice the simple things that give you joy.
Get close to nature, walks in forests or near water are good for mental wellbeing
Take time to notice and appreciate your environment and surroundings
Keep your brain busy by learning new things
Embrace new experiences
Take new opportunities, learn a new skill
Doing things for others and giving your time and presence can be very fulfilling
People who have an interest in helping others are more likely to consider themselves to be happy
By giving time to others we can create positive connections and make new friends