Friday 20th of August 2021
Kia ora team,
I hope you are staying safe and well. With my family glued to the news on their phones and the TV in the past few days, I wasn't surprised to hear Radio NZ say that New Zealand has broken its record for internet use.
Apparently, with the country at home under COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, internet use on Wednesday was the equivalent of 1000 years of a single Netflix HD stream and 27 per cent higher than the first day of last year’s Level 4 lockdown.
Whether your recent media consumption is creating a sense of doom and gloom, or you’ve just found yourself feeling a bit anxious now, here are a few lockdown tips to help you out.
While we do need to stay informed with what’s going on to a certain extent, it doesn’t need to take an unnecessary toll on our mental health. Set yourself limits on checking the news – perhaps just one or two 5-10 minute periods per day. And, before you turn to your device, ask yourself what you would like to achieve by doing so – and try to stop once you have the information you’ve been looking for.
If you’ve been too busy to get some things done around the house or if you have some study to catch up on, now’s a good time to get stuck in. You’ll get a mood boost from being productive and be ahead of the game when we come out of lockdown.
If you’re at a loss or in a negative headspace, do one small thing for yourself. Here are some ideas based on the 5 Pillars of Wellbeing on Tap - Nourish, Sleep, Active, Mind, Connect.
1. Nourish: Grab yourself a healthy snack, try out a new recipe or simply add another vegetable to your next meal.
2. Sleep: Have a nap or head to bed early for the night with a good book.
3. Active: Go for a walk on a new route, try to beat your personal best or challenge yourself with an online exercise video.
4. Mind: Pick up a project, fix or create something.
5. Connect: Reach out to family, friends, and support services.
If you’re keen for a yarn with me, you can call the 0800 number during business hours (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). All calls are kept completely confidential. Please note this is not a helpline for urgent mental health issues. If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please call Lifeline (0800 54 33 54) or text 1737 for immediate support.
Personally, I’ve found that thinking ahead to the warmer weather and planning my next holiday helps to keep my spirits lifted. There is a lot to look forward to.
Kereama Carmody is the Wellbeing Guy for Masterlink apprentices and Master Plumbers members.
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