Looking After Your Health and Wellbeing

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 YO​​UR 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

Looking after our mental health and wellbeing is essential right now. Check out the following websites for some ideas and tips.

For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can also call or text the 'Need to talk?' service on 1737. This service is free, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and gives you the chance to talk it through with a trained counsellor.​​

NEW A​CT​​IVITIES

Note: The following links have been discovered via Facebook or the internet and are being passed on as ideas which may be of interest. They have not been checked out by our staff.

Check out this site from the NZ Police to help entertain and educate the kids: https://bryanandbobby.co.nz/​

Colour your bubble from StuffLiving in lockdown, we could all use an entertaining diversion. Why not try your hand at our interactive colouring book? It's fun for the whole bubble! Check back weekly for new pictures.​ https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2020/04/colour-your-bubble/​​

Spark Sessions are here and the goodness is already rolling in. Mitch James performed live on Sunday night. Follow their Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/spark4nz/​ 

​Not sure how to explain Coronavirus to your kids? Check out the Nanogirl Coronavirus soap experiment​​. Watch the simple explanation for children and help your children to understand their role in reducing the spread. You can also do an easy experiment at home to teach your children the science behind why washing hands with soap and water is so important. https://www.nanogirllive.co.nz/coronavirus-soap-experiment

The Greymouth Star launched a new children's puzzle corner in their newspaper today - let the kids have a go at mazes, crosswords, word builder and snakes and ladders.

Auckland Zoo Activities for Kids. Are you ready to get active, be creative and have fun? On their website you’ll find lots of animal related activities to keep the kids happy at home.​ https://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/kids  ​

​COAST ESSENTIAL SERVICES CONTACT DETAILS

From the Grey Star, Saturday 4 April 2020


Coast essential services contact details image (jpeg, 570KB)

Note: The supermarket grocery delivery service by Jamie and Cary is only for elderly people who don't have ​local family to help them.

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.

BE ​ACTIVE

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

​Note: The following links have been discovered via Facebook or the internet and are being passed on as ideas which may be of interest. They have not been checked out by our staff.

Nikon free online ​photogra​​​phy classes

​Nikon has made its entire curriculum of online photography classes free until the end of April (normally between $15 to $50 each). Each class is taught by a professional photographer and provides in-depth lessons to help you get better at taking photos. Some courses cover Nikon-specific products, but many of them teach you the fundamentals of photography, such as a course that teaches you how to photograph your children or pets or the basics of making a music video. So even if you don’t own a Nikon camera, many of these classes might still be worth a watch. If you’re interested in streaming the courses, you can do so by going to Nikon’s official website. You will need to sign up by entering your name and email address before you can view the classes, but you can opt out of receiving marketing emails.​​ https://www.nikonevents.com/us/live/nikon-school-online/

Food in a minute - lockdow​n cooking

Whether you are looking for healthy meals, slow cooker recipes or meals using pantry staple ingredients, you’ve come to the right place - we’ve got lots of great inspiration and tips to help you through this time. https://www.foodinaminute.co.nz/News-Products/Lockdown-Cooking

​ACTIVITIES ​FOR THE KIDS

Council will be organising some events that kids can do at home to keep them entertained during lockdown. These will include a bake-off, artwork, water activities etc. Parents can take a photo of their children's creations and send them to us for uploading to Facebook to share. Watch our Facebook page for details.​

Current activities:

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​.​

SPCA understands that kids and their families are spending more time at home, so to help pass the time, we’ve developed heaps of fun and interactive jigsaw puzzles to solve. Become a puzzle master – hop onto SPCA Kids’ Portal to have a go at solving these fun jigsaw puzzles featuring SPCA Mascots, Storybooks, and some super adorable companion animal photos.​ 

Check out this site from the NZ Police to help entertain and educate the kids: https://bryanandbobby.co.nz/​

Colour your bubble from Stuff: Living in lockdown, we could all use an entertaining diversion. Why not try your hand at our interactive colouring book? It's fun for the whole bubble! Check back weekly for new pictures.​ https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2020/04/colour-your-bubble/

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Page reviewed: 15 Apr 2020 2:23pm