Kia ora koutou,
As we reach Level 4 in our COVID-19 response, please ensure you and your whānau are prepared.
If you need to work from home it’s important to think about how to do it practically. Work will get interrupted at times and at best aim for a rough work day time schedule but don’t worry if you break the sched to put the washing on, pat the purring cat or feed the kids. Do what is best for you. Be kind to each other as you navigate working remotely.
It’s also important to remember to take regular breaks, get some exercise. Perhaps frame your day with a block walk or take a 2-minute micro-pause stretch to the ceiling, enjoy a cuppa, and importantly take care of your wellbeing.
Staying mentally healthy like a weta (who have been around since the dinosaurs -like 190 million years) is vitally important. Head to Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and check out their Five ways to Wellbeing proven to help people find balance, build resilience to boost mental health.
Try and get a good 7 hours sleep especially if you are anxious. Ministry of Health’s advice on physical activity and sleep tips are worthwhile. Also the mindfulness and meditation app Headspace launched a free collection of meditations, sleep and movement exercises to help you no matter how you’re feeling.
Schedule watch parties on Facebook, start groups, chats with your mates, or work colleagues. Have you tried Netflik party yet – so good!
Above all else – please listen to the advice of the authorities. They know best, not some friend of a friend who posted something on Facebook the other day…
NEF conducted a review of the most up-to-date evidence and found that building five actions into day to day lives is important for the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and organisations. The five actions are: