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Getting Through Together Digest: 8th July 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: mental health, newsletter, wellbeing, campaign, resilience, Matariki

Kia ora. Wow - New Zealand sure seems to be the place to be right now!

With hundreds of Kiwis returning home everyday, in this issue we wanted to share the story of Sam, Mitch and baby Marley who moved back to New Zealand from Australia. The young family, who have just completed 14 days in managed isolation, say the kindness and empathy bestowed upon them made all the difference while in their hotel.

Their story got us thinking about manaakitanga - a concept that focuses on being hospitable hosts by showing kindness, generosity and care for others.

Many of those coming home face uncertain futures - some have left their jobs overseas and need to start afresh, some have left loved ones (including pets!) behind, while many children face the prospect of starting at a new school. There are a lot of unknowns.

A bit of understanding, and a lot of kindness, can make a big difference right now for those coming home. Let's dial up the manaakitanga Aotearoa!

All Right? and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Coming home: Kindness, gratitude and empathy helps

Samantha Hunter and Mitch Logan are among the tens of thousands of Kiwis returning home amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The couple have just finished 14 days in a managed isolation, and are now preparing to make a new life in Wellington.

Samantha and Mitch point out that Kiwis coming home all have unique sets of reasons for doing so - and they hope that fellow New Zealanders are able to treat them with kindness.

“Everyone has their own circumstances for returning. We’re coming back indefinitely, so very soon we’ll have an income, will be paying tax and putting money back into the country. We’re really excited to be home again,” says Mitch.

Read more of Samantha and Mitch's story about coming home.

A time to pause, reflect and move forward

The Māori New Year is upon us! Matariki – or Puanga if you live on the West Coast – gives us the chance to reflect, live in the moment and dream of a better future. After noho rāhui/ lockdown, it's timely to take a moment during Matariki/ Puanga to wave goodbye to the past few months and reset for the year ahead.

Traditionally, Matariki and Puanga have been a time to share kai, give thanks for a bountiful harvest and celebrate the strength of whānau, particularly that strength we saw from whānau during COVID-19. It’s also a time of renewal – for nature, and for the wairua/ spirit of the people. We all adapt and move with the seasons – and slowing down during hōtoke/ winter gives us an opportunity to take notice of the things around us, acknowledge our shared experiences with the people in our lives, and be grateful for all that we have together.

How do you plan to reset and refresh for the year ahead?

A Journey to Happiness

Cheyenne you are going to get through it.
Cheyenne you are so strong.
Everything is going to be ok.
You are loved.
To Tyler:
  1. Always be kind to yourself.
  2. Show unconditional love to yourself and others.
  3. Perspective is key.
  4. Have an outlet to express yourself across all aspects of your life.

These are the text from notes-to-self belonging to New Zealanders who have found their way through depression and anxiety.

They're part of the book "How We Got Happy" by Jonathan Nabbs and Eve Macfarlane who set out to answer the question: "What are the things (habits, tools, beliefs, exercises, etc) people have done that helped them move from the bottom of the bell-curve, so they could live healthy, happy lives once again?"

The book shares the stories of 20 young Kiwis and their diverse experiences of recovery. It’s proof that the journey is different for everyone, and provides hope for anyone who is going through their own struggle right now, too.

Find out more about the How We Got Happy project, including how to purchase the book or listen to their podcast.

Spreading the k.......

Can you believe it's been a whole 3 months since we were first thrust into lockdown?

Kindness was a hallmark of our approach to getting through back then, and it still is!

If you're just as tired of the 'K' word as you are of "COVID" - here's some other terms for you to throw into your everyday!

  • hospitality;
  • humanity;
  • consideration;
  • manaakitanga;
  • sweetness;
  • sympathy;
  • tenderness;
  • tolerance;
  • magnanimity;
  • ohaoha;
  • unselfishness; and
  • charity.

Spread manaakitanga around your home or workplace...

As we begin to reset and reconnect, we’re all going through a range of emotions. Our new Getting Through Together postcards remind us that these changing emotions are totally normal – and that however we may be feeling right now, we're not alone.

Each postcard has the Five Ways to Wellbeing printed on the back - simple actions that, when incorporated into our daily lives, can be big mood boosters.

Know someone who could do with a little extra reassurance, or want to spread some manaakitanga around your home or workplace?
Order your free set of postcards today.

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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