Five Ways to Wellbeing during the holiday season

The holidays can be a time for family and celebrations – but it can also be a time when many people feel stressed and blue. This year has been a tough one for many, so here are a few tips on how to support your wellbeing this season.

Wishing you a safe and naturally enjoyable holiday season!

Connect (me whakawhanaunga)

  • Make some time in your day to connect with nature – stretch your legs outside or bring the outside in.
  • Go barefoot and feel the grass or sand between your toes.
  • Go for a swim in the sun.
  • Find a photo of the natural world and make it your screen saver, or adopt a potted plant.
  • Reach out to people you know – Skype them, call or Facebook them, or meet face to face.
  • Take some time to read the local newspaper or newsletter to see what’s going on in your area, such as an organised group outing, musical or cultural performance or community Christmas event.

Give (tukua)

‘Tis the season for giving, but many of us might be a bit strapped for cash at this time. One way to shake off the financial stress is by getting creative with the holiday spirit. Give the gift of time by offering to help with someone’s garden, babysit or make a gift from natural materials. There are also some little ways to give while rushing around:

  • Give a smile to a stranger or a compliment to someone, or
  • Donate some old toys, books or clothes to someone who might need some kindness.

Take notice (me aro tonu)

Every day seems to get busier and the spirit of the season can get lost in the hassle and bustle of each day. A good antidote is to take some time to learn more about what your body is telling you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted – pause, breath in, breath out. You could also:

  • Take notice of the pohutukawa flowers changing, or the night sky.
  •  Go somewhere you’ve always been meaning to visit in your local area.

Keep learning (me ako tonu)

There’s always something new to learn, especially when you’re interacting with nature.

  • Read up on what fruit and veggies are in season, or learn about what natural resources you have in your backyard.
  • You really can learn something new each day – share stories with your family, go on a bush walk, learn about the natural environment from your tablet or local library, or take a trip to the zoo or botanical gardens.

Be active (me kori tonu)

Getting outside and exercising is good for your overall health and wellbeing!

  • Have a lunch break outside.
  • Take a walk with a friend in a park.
  • Design a treasure hunt for your friends and family.

There are ways to bring activity into all you do – by using the stairs instead of the elevator, getting off the bus one stop earlier, or catching up with a friend for a walk instead of a coffee.

Stay well this season with some helpful information and support

Source: Mental Health Foundation website.

Published on Thursday, November 30th, 2017, under News
Page last updated: 30/11/2017

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