Five ways to wellbeing

During emergencies, it's important to make sure you take time out for yourself and refresh.

These five wellbeing tips can help you get through stressful times and live a healthy, balanced life.

They can be helpful in times of stress to help you focus on what’s important.

Connect, Me Whakawhanaunga – We are all surrounded by people: whanau, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Take some time to talk to the people around you about what's been happening and how you're all feeling. Invite your neighbours over for a barbecue and work together to create a neighbourhood plan.

When was the last time you had a good chat?

Give, Tukua - Giving your time and volunteering in your community is a great way to feel involved and valued. There might be some people in your neighbourhood who need an extra hand following last week’s quakes – check in and make sure your neighbours are doing OK. Even giving something as simple as a friendly smile can make a difference! 

If you're interested in something more long term, there are many opportunities to volunteer with Red Cross.

When was the last time you gave someone a compliment?

Take notice, Me aro tonu – Taking notice of the little things helps you focus on the present. It’s OK to take a step back and take a breather. Others around you might be feeling the same way, so have a chat and support each other. Take notice of the world around you by going for a walk, taking photos or practising mindfulness.

When was the last time you visited the park?

Keep learning, Me ako tonu – We all respond to stress and adrenaline in different ways, so take time to reflect on the past week and come up with a plan that suits you. What did you need that you didn't have this time around? How did you make time to relax? Consider packing a book into your getaway bag so you can have some downtime. Check with your whanau, friends, colleagues and neighbours what their plan is and how you can all work together.

What’s in your getaway bag?

Be active, Me kori tonu – Exercise makes you feel good. There is a strong correlation between your physical and mental health. Going for a walk is not only great exercise but also allows you to take time out. Many runners find that running to them is like meditation. Being physically active helps reduce stress and can be a great opportunity to take notice of the small things.

When was the last time you took a bike ride?

To find out more about the five ways to wellbeing for everyday life, check out Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and All Right?. For more specialised wellbeing tips for young people, visit Bounce.org.nz, a New Zealand Red Cross project.

Be prepared

Being prepared can make you feel less stress and more in control during emergencies. Here's some ways you can be prepared:

Download Red Cross' Hazard App or check out GeoNet, Civil Defence and MetService to get alerts and tips on how to prepare for disasters that may affect you.

Check out Fix, Fasten and Don't Forget for tips on how to prepare your home for an earthquake. Here's some information for people with disabilities.

Make emergency plans for home, school and work. Pack some emergency supplies with practical things that will help you get through bunkering down at home or evacuating for a few days.

Talk to someone

If you need to talk to someone, the Earthquake Support Hotline (0800-777-846) is a great resource for talking through any anxieties or concerns that you have regarding the earthquakes.