New Zealand has just marked Mental Health Awareness Week – a good reminder to look after ourselves and each other and to develop, extend and share strategies for maintaining wellbeing.
The theme for the week was Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing (Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga).
Research says there are five simple things we can do as part of our daily life to build resilience, boost wellbeing and lower our risk of developing mental health problems. They're known internationally as the 'five ways to wellbeing':
Connect – talk and listen, be there, feel connected
Give – Your time, your words, your presence
Take Notice – Remember the simple things that give you joy
Keep Learning – Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself
Be Active - Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood ...participate in parkrun
You can maybe dabble in a bit of mindful eating, let someone out in traffic before you, sign up for a free online course or listen to a podcast on the way home – it's all good stuff. But the evidence says these small daily actions really do have an impact on our wellbeing.
Well done if you participated in parkrun this morning– you deserve a medal – six degrees if not five... Super effort! (Ka mau te wehi whanau!).
Don't forget to look out for each other.
Kia pai to ra (have a great day)