This can be a stressful and anxious time for many while we are in a totally new situation with NZ being in lockdown to help eliminate COVID-19.
On this page we have tried to pull together some ideas and resources to look after yourself and your family and to make sure we all get through this together. It will be updated with new ideas and tips regularly so check back here often.
Last updated 15 April 2020
LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
More online tools to support mental wellbeing
The Government is making further support available for Kiwis wanting to look after their mental wellbeing as a result of change and uncertainty from COVID-19.
Three free online tools are now available:
- the Mentemia app developed by All Blacks legend Sir John Kirwan
- a health journal app called Melon
- an e-therapy programme called Staying on Track.
To see more on the tools available click here.
Mental health campaign launched
The Getting Through Together campaign shares ways that New Zealanders can cope with the stress of COVID-19. Getting through together has tips and advice on how to get through and stay connected, and to support everyone's wellbeing. It also includes tools for parents, dubbed Sparklers at Home, to talk with their primary-school-aged children about their mental health and wellbeing. See more on the campaign here.
Looking after ourselves and each other
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From the Grey Star, Saturday 4 April 2020
STAY CONNECTED AND LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER
Use technology to stay in touch with friends and family. Have virtual cups of teas or Friday night drinks via Skype, Facetime or Facebook messenger. Send a text, write an email, make a phone call, wave at people when out walking. It's important that physical distancing does not turn into social isolation - we all need support from our loved ones.
We are still allowed to exercise locally so take advantage of the fine weather and get out for a walk. Just make sure you observe the two metre physical distancing rules when out in public.
You can also keep up your fitness levels with TVNZ teaming up with Les Mills to screen free workouts. Daily group fitness classes will be available Monday through Friday at 9am on TVNZ 1. Workouts designed specifically for young children and teenagers will air at 3pm on TVNZ 2. Classes will also be available on TVNZ OnDemand.
Or else look on YouTube for free workouts - there are literally hundreds of options.
Westland Recreation Centre
Check out the Westland Recreation Centre Facebook page for activity inspiration including their Lockdown Challenge Workouts and Les Mills on demand.
THINGS TO DO
Nikon free online photography classes
Food in a minute - lockdown cooking
ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS
Radio New Zealand has put together a comprehensive guide to online resources for children to learn, have fun and explore at home. Check it out here.