Mental Health Awareness Week: Tips for wellbeing
Today marks the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week NZ 2021. With this year's theme being 'take time to kōrero', we've come up with a tip a day for improved wellbeing. Why not pick out a couple and work to incorporate them into your week?
Monday - Keep Connected
It doesn't matter who you talk to, as long as you are talking to someone. Our industry is full of great people to chat to. Whether it’s your boss, workmates, whānau or friends, make time to check in with the people around you. A little chat can go a long way.
Tuesday - Rediscover Joy
Remember the simple things that delight you and bring you happiness. It's often the little things that bring us joy - a snuggle with your four-legged friend, a joke with a workmate in the morning or getting out in nature. Prioritise adding a little extra joy to your day, everyday.
Wednesday - Breathe
Take a moment each day to focus on your breathing. Did you know that slow, deep breathing has been scientifically proven to lower your heart rate, regulate blood pressure, and help you relax? Try taking a few deep breaths next time you're feeling a little uneasy.
Thursday - Continue Moving
Keep your mind and body active. Whether it's a killer gym workout, or gentle walk around the block, movement is medicine! Listen to your body and move in a way that will best serve you.
Friday - Take time
For yourself. Self-care is not selfish. Taking care of yourself first will ensure you have the physical and emotional energy to help others.
Saturday - Stay Focused
Recharge, refuel and refresh your mind, body and soul. With early mornings and long days, it’s important you remember to focus not only on the wellbeing of your four-legged friends, but your own. Your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing are equally important. It’s all about balance... something our jockeys know a lot about!
Sunday - Look Foward
To the next hour, tomorrow, next week, next month or next year. It doesn't matter the timeframe, always have something to focus on and look foward to.