Friday 24th of September 2021
Kia ora team,
How has your September been? For most New Zealanders, it’s been a pretty full-on month.
In addition to the disruptions of COVID-19 Alert Level lockdowns and changes, September comes with plenty of special weeks and days... Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Day, RUOK Day, Suicide Prevention Day, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and Mental Health Awareness Week – to name a few.
My Random Act of Kindness backfired. New neighbours moved in next door, so I decided to mow their lawn – and the police arrived. Best to get to know your neighbours first, I think. Have you managed to engage with any of these events or has it all been a bit of a blur?
September is the most common birthday month, so many of us may be particularly busy or feeling additional pressures from family, friends, and even ourselves, this month. My folks have 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In September and October, my mum is stony broke buying birthday presents for the 70 percent of them born at this time of year!
September is officially Spring, so a nice time to stop, be present, and notice the things going on around us – in nature and in our day-to-day lives. This is the time of the year that I like to head to the garden centre and buy my veges to plant for the summer. Having a vege garden ensures we have fresh and cheap greens on hand for salads with our barbeques. Just remember, you don’t need a lot of space to bang in a vege garden. Use tubs and pots if you don’t have a lot of room. Here’s a link to a guide for spring planting - spring garden guide. Get amongst it!
Don't forget to put your clocks forward an hour at 2am on Sunday 26 September. Longer daylight hours are great but your body clock may take a bit of time to catch up, so watch out for fatigue. Aucklanders back at work under AL3 may already be feeling a bit tired, so here are some great tips about returning to work after lockdown in case you missed them.
If you’re finding yourself spread a bit thin, you may need to reassess your priorities and pull things back in a bit. Knowing what’s important to us helps us to channel our energy to the right places. What can you simplify in your life to make the most of today and the rest of September and October?
Remember, try not to worry about things that are out of your control. This can waste your valuable mental energy and stop you from appreciating the good stuff in your life.
The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week (27 Sep - 3 Oct) is Take time to kōrero and they have some great ideas for reconnecting with the people in your life.
For anyone struggling right now, know that many of us are feeling the same and there is so much support available – please reach out!
Kereama Carmody is the resident wellbeing coach for Master Plumbers members and Masterlink apprentices.
Kereama is a registered social worker with extensive experience working in mental health and the alcohol and drug treatment field. He is passionate about wellbeing in the workplace and helping people develop the strategies and tools to stay well and healthy.
He is on hand to assist with:
- Communicating with staff about difficulties affecting work and home
- Helping navigate struggles with substance abuse
- Resources for creating simple wellbeing practices at work
- Tips on how to build supportive relationships among your team
- General queries within the wellbeing space.
Find out how to contact Kereama.