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23 Aug 2021

Finding your balance through the unsteady days

How are you doing? As New Zealanders are once again reminded of how fickle these times can be, there’s no denying how important it is to take care of ourselves, and one another.

So, as we navigate the next few weeks of fighting against COVID-19, if you feel at all overwhelmed – remember, it’s only human, and there are many ways and resources to help.

Here are some expert tips to keep in mind, and as your advisers, if we can help in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out.

First, being kind to yourself

Have a lot on your plate? It’s key to remind ourselves to practise some self-compassion.

Think of it as treating yourself like you would a friend: according to Kristin Neff, a key researcher in this area, it’s all about acting in kind and understanding ways towards ourselves.

For example, instead of thinking “Why can’t I do this task right?”, try saying this to yourself: “It’s all right, I tried my best and I’ll make it next time.” Also, a sense of common humanity can help: knowing that everyone makes mistakes, and life’s full of good days and bad days. And lastly, practising mindfulness can help you feel more in control.

It’s good to be on the move

Now that we’re all doing our best to stay safe, if you spend a lot of time indoors, it can be easy to skip the ‘coffee breaks’. And the more you’re indoors, the more tempting it can be to move from the work desk to the couch, to the bed, and back.

That’s a circle you may want to avoid; movement can be very beneficial for your body, your mind, as well as to just keep your spirits up. It’s a great way to release some tension, and according to the Ministry of Health, adults are recommended to get in at least 2.5 hours moderate intensity activity spread throughout the week.

Of course, if that’s not something that your situation allows, try to move around as much as you can in the day. Here’s a handy guide to help.

More tips to keep stress at bay:

  • Staying on top of your nutrition – When you’re not feeling your best, you might resort to some quick food for comfort. But it’s worth keeping an eye on what you eat and drink, as it makes all the difference to how you feel day in and day out. Try consuming fibre-rich and whole foods, like avocado, fish, nuts, and whole grains.
  • Staying connected – These days, it’s ever more important to look after our wellbeing, and that of people we love. As the Ministry of Health points out, “Staying connected to others is so important for our wellbeing and helps to make us feel safer, less stressed and less anxious. We can support each other to get through this.” Try checking in with your ‘bubble’, and older relatives and friends, or perhaps dropping off essential supplies to vulnerable people.
  • Get creative – Like to make the most of your time indoors? It’s a great excuse to channel your inner creativity onto things. You could maybe take up a hobby you haven’t gotten around to yet, or maybe some redesign or declutter activities around the house… check out this fun quiz to find your creative style.

Finally, reach out for help if you need it

Remember: if it’s getting harder to cope, there are multiple resources out there to help you.

Check out these expert options for your mental wellbeing, as well as 24/7 counselling and parenting tips to help your kids navigate the changing world. As always, if you have any questions that we can help you with, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. As your advisers, we are here to help you stay on track to your goals, as well as help you protect your needs on the way.



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