Greetings to you all as we head towards our third day of level four lockdown which, for some of us it will be longer than others. On behalf of the GBNZ Board I am contacting all our GB and IFG leaders to provide you with information from the Mental Health Foundations "5 Ways to Wellbeing": Connect – Reach out to friends and whānau for a chat. Remember it is ok to disconnect from social media and news sites, too. If that is causing you stress and anxiety, then it isn't serving you. Take Notice – Look out for the little things in life that bring you joy and happiness. Practicing a little gratitude journaling by writing down 3 things you are grateful for can really change your mood.
Keep Learning – Take some time to learn something new, or grow your knowledge. There are so many things you can learn online, or from books or your friends and whānau. Give – Anything we can do for others always helps us feel better. Remember to stay in your bubble, but if you can reach out on the phone to someone who is struggling and alone or help people in your own home, it's always nice to do something for someone else. Be Active – Move your body, shift your mood! You can exercise in your own home or out walking in your own neighbourhood. Remember, healthy body, healthy mind. Please find attached a Social Media Announcement that you are welcome to use to keep families and members informed. At times like this life can be stressful and unsettled but we would like to take this opportunity to remind you to lift everything to God in prayer while also looking after yourselves and loved ones. Further information can be found on the Ministry of Health's website https://www.health.govt.nz/ As more information is made available we will endeavour to communicate this to you. Please take care of yourself, reach out if you need help, reach out to others if you see them needing help. He waka eke noa – We are all in this together. Feel free to make contact with the GB Support Centre if you have any questions