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Getting Through Together Digest: 19th April 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: wellbeing, resilience, campaign, lockdown, newsletter

Kia ora. Tomorrow we'll all be a bit wiser about how much longer we'll be at level 4. While we're crossing our fingers for a return to the 'old normal', it's important to be prepared for more of the same for a bit longer yet.

If you're feeling over it and frustrated right now, that's ok. You're certainly not alone. It's a tough time but we've come this far together, and we've got what it takes to get through.

You've already shown us the meaning of resilience, so we can certainly get through the next phase - whatever that looks like.

Read on to find out about the self-isolation experiences of a solo bubbler, discover cool free things, get moving Poly style, and have a go on our newest tool - a digital wall for you to share your tips for getting through.

Stay awesome, Aotearoa!

All Right? and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Share your tips for getting through

It's fair to say this lockdown is producing uncertainty, sadness, beauty, hilarity and creativity.

We see the creativity in those incredible home videos like;

Then there is the amazing Kiwi household bringing their community together with the national anthem every day.

It’s also OK if you feel a bit overwhelmed and need to slow down, have a cup of tea and a rest. We’re all getting through in different ways and that’s all right.

We've created this sweet new wall to help share some of the ways Kiwis are getting through. Check out the lovely, fun, gentle, quiet and creative things people are doing, and please add your tips for getting through.

Share your ideas today!

Me, myself and I

If you're sharing your bubble with others it can be easy to daydream about having some time all to yourself, to do just what you want, when you want to.

So what's it like living by yourself in lockdown? Here's what home-aloner Emily has to say on the subject...

"It’s just me, myself and I 24/7 and it has at times, been really tough. Imagine not having anyone to turn to (in the flesh) when you need to vent, cry or laugh. Imagine going a whole day without hearing the sound of your own voice.
"I've been in self-isolation for almost a month now (because I also fall into the immunocompromised category) and in this time, I’ve found a few things do and don't work for me, when it comes to getting through and feeling good."

View Em's tips for looking after yourself on the All Right? Facebook page.

Get moving with Siva Samoa

Our friends at Pasifika health provider Tangata Atumotu Trust are bringing their popular Siva Samoa exercise and dance class in to our living rooms!

Join this Facebook exercise and dance class to pese Samoa with mobile community nurse, and Les Mills instructor Suli Tuitaupe. We guarantee you'll love this. Suli's energy truly is infectious!

Free things we love!

While some of us are busy baking banana bread and kayaking in our swimming pools, others are also spending lots of time trying to process what's going on and what it all means.

Whatever you're doing and however you're feeling, know that while we're all different, there are simple things that we can all do to help us feel good.

Check out All Right?'s list of free things to do, if you need a little bit of inspiration to help fill your day.

Kōrero that matters

Emotions can be tricky! The more we learn about our feelings and how to manage them, the better we’re able to cope with what life throws at us.

Chitter Chatter helps kids aged 5+ learn all about emotions and how to manage them – while also helping build social skills and empathy. It's the perfect game for the whole whānau!

You can now make your own DIY Chitter Chatter, if you don't have your own pack.

Staying on Track

Check out this free online course for easy-to-use practical strategies to cope with the stress and disruption of day-to-day life at the moment. The course will teach you how to support your mental and emotional health, and to choose behaviours that will help you and your whānau stay on track.

Not all right?

For many of us, these new challenges and the loss of our regular routines is causing stress. We want you to know that however you’re feeling, there is someone to talk to and free help available. It’s okay to reach out if you need to - we all need a bit of support from time-to-time.

Call or text 1737 to speak with a trained counsellor anytime - it’s free and completely confidential. You can also call Lifeline on 0800 543354 or text HELP to 4357.

Check out the Mental Health Foundation’s website for further advice on how to stay mentally well during this time.

Until next time, stay well Aotearoa.
And remember, we'll get through this - together.

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