Take care of you

Monday 29th of November 2021
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Kia ora and Meri Kirihimete (Merry Christmas) everyone!
 I hope all of you across the motu (islands) are on track to have a well-deserved rest after another challenging year with COVID, lockdowns and being flat out at work.

The 5 pillars of Masterlink and Master Plumbers' Wellbeing on Tap programme - nourish, sleep, active, mind and connect - are a reminder to balance the stressful stuff with the good things in life. Start thinking now about how you can make the most of your time off.

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 Nourish - barbeques and beverages may be the order of the day over the break, but remember team, add another fork of the fresh green salads for that extra serve of veggies.

 Sleep - long days and fun nights over the summer months can play havoc with our sleep. You can still get your recommended eight hours of sleep in the tent and the caravan.

 Active - try to keep up the exercise during this time, to help balance out the late nights. Take advantage of those extra hours and warmth to increase your exercise – even just a nice long walk on the beach, bush or the local back blocks.

 Mind - my favourite thing to do over the Christmas break is to read a good book, which helps to clear my mind and to forget about the day to day. Try to think of something you really enjoy doing that you don’t normally get much time to do and incorporate it into your break.

 Connect - the Christmas break can put pressure on whanau (family), finances and relationships. This is a great time to come together for a potluck dinner/lunch with no expectations other than reconnecting and reflecting.

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 Lastly, remember the best start to the New Year is to check in with your GP for that warrant of fitness and set achievable goals for 2022 – not everyone can be an astronaut, but we can all move forward!

 Happy holidays, stay safe and be kind

Ka kite,



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.