Staying active is vital for maintaining a healthy wellbeing especially during the present moment with majority of us either working or studying at home. Here are some ways that you can be active at home…
- Play ‘the floor is lava’ with the kids
- Do a yoga or Zumba class online
- Try out a new workout on YouTube
- Go for walks or runs outside (just stay 2m away from others!)
- Use the cans in the pantry as weights, stretch
Check out UC Rec Centre’s facebook page for a range of live streamed fitness classes and workouts!
This week has been tough, be kind to yourself and those around you. Take this time to fill up your cup with positivi-tea! Have a break over the weekend, do something fun with those in your bubble, have a laugh and relax.
Throughout this time, it is important to remember that we are not alone. Connecting with others is important for maintaining a healthy wellbeing, one way we can do this is through the act of giving. It feels good to give and everyone has something to offer.
Here are some ways you can continue to give:
- Give compliments to others via skype, phone or email.
- Think of a skill you can offer to others i.e. teach your family how to cook, teach a friend another language or how to play a musical instrument via skype.
- Let people know you are there to help and tell them what help you go off i.e offer to pick up food for your neighbour when you go shopping.
Connecting with others is so important for our wellbeing and helps to make us feel safer, less stressed and less anxious. We can support each other to get through this.
There are many ways that you can connect during the isolation period:
- Bring out the old board games and puzzles you have – you may be surprised at how much fun they still are!
- Contact a friend you have not seen or spoken to for a while and talk, talk, talk!
- Find more opportunities for humour in the home by starting a family joke collection.
- Connect with your pet.
- Keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours via skype, email or phone.
- Learn a new language.
- Connect with nature by going out for regular walks in isolation.
- Playing video games with mates in moderation.
- Joining or starting a virtual book club.
- Sharing a favourite karakia or waiata with your friends on social media.
- Having video catch-ups with workmates.
Information about COVID-19 in the media can become overwhelming, but there are some things to keep in mind if you’re feeling anxious. Here are some top tips that may help you in this uncertain time.
- Stay informed but set limits. Staying hooked to the news or social media all day has the potential to accelerate the nervous system, which activates the fight, flight, freeze response. To manage this pick some key time to get updates, rather than being connected all day.
- Use 5 senses grounding. When our minds worry about the future, we disconnect and may miss what is happening right in front of us. If you notice this, take a few minutes to return back to the present moment. You can do this by focusing on what you see around you, noticing things like sounds or scents to bring you back to the moment.
- Practice self-care. It’s more important than ever to engage in activities that nourish your mind, body and spirit. This includes things like: setting boundaries, getting back to basics (sleeping well, exercising, eating nourishing foods), doing things that bring you joy and connecting with others.
‘Choose 5 a day’ Challenge for great mental health:
Finally, here’s a printable resource that could be helpful in this uncertain time. Just like eating fruit and veges is great for physical health, so are Mental Health ‘fruit and vege’ habits.