As we head towards the end of July, now is a good time to stop and reflect on the month just been, use this time to look after you.
Check out the 5 Ways to Wellbeing image below for some quick and easy ways to boost your wellbeing.
Looking to start the new month on a high note? Check out the Action for Happiness calendar for August, where the focus for this month is on giving.
Embrace new experiences and try something new, you never know what hidden skill or talent that you might possess. Learning new things can help boost your confidence and are a great way to have some fun.
Here are some ways to keep learning:
- Learn something you don’t know about the area in which you live by checking out the local notice boards for interesting talks and events.
- Write your bucket list – then try something you have always wanted to do but never actually done!
- Start learning a musical instrument. How about the French horn or the harp?
- Find and try out a new recipe for a meal, cake or dessert.
- Commit to identifying a new plant every day for a year – in Māori and Latin.
- Visit the local public library and see what new books, mags and talks they have.
- Discover the name of the iwi, hapu, maunga and awa of the place you live.
- Memorise a new word every week. Practice using it among friends and family.
- Learn another language.
- Put your hand up for a new challenge/training in your workplace to broaden your knowledge.
- Pass on any of the latest research you find that relates to your professional or sector.
- Get your colleagues to bring their favourite non-fiction book to work for a book swap -learn about a new topic and your colleagues’ interests at the same time.
Now that we are in Level 2, many of you may have spent the weekend re connecting with your friends and family. Connecting with others is vital for maintaining a healthy wellbeing and for helping us to feel safe, less stressed and less anxious.
Connecting in Level 2 is a little different than normal, so please remember to practice safe social distancing and keep your gathering sizes small.
Looking for ways to connect, here are some ideas:
- Gather a few friends for a movie night; ask people to share a film they like.
- Smile at a stranger – you may be surprised by the smile you get back!
- Find more opportunities for humour in the home by starting a family joke collection.
- Connect with the whenua; grab some mates and get into the great outdoors – go on a bush walk, go surfing or mountain bike riding.
- Take time to read your local newspaper or newsletter – find out what’s going on in your area, such as music or cultural performances, then organise a group outing.
- Have a family WIFI, TV and text free day and bring out the old board games 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!
Click here for a clip from the All Right Campaign where Si and Gary talk about the importance of connection.