Keep in touch

Physical distancing does not mean social disconnection. Although you and your loved ones or workmates might be separated, we can still stay connected. Now is the time to use the channels you have available to stay in touch with the people in your life. Whether it is by phone, snail mail, video chat or social media, think about all the ways you can  keep contact.  

Here are some creative ways of staying in touch: 

  • Make regular phone or video calls to people you know.  
  • Arrange video ‘play dates’ for your children. 
  • Have a virtual cuppa with a friend you haven’t caught up with in a while. 
  • Set up virtual social events with friends to watch your favourite TV show or sport.   
  • Play virtual games, like chess or scrabble.  
  • Join a local community group on Facebook.  
  • Create group chats for your workmates and take the time to talk about non-work things, like you usually would.   
  • Share on social media the ways that help you stay connected - you might inspire others!  
  • Write a letter to someone. It’s amazing the effect receiving mail from a loved one can have.  

You might also want to consider how you can help people in your life who are less tech-savvy, perhaps by walking them through using a video calling app or helping to set them up on social media so they can join the family chat.

Keep active

It might be a bit harder to keep active, but there are still plenty of ways you can keep your body moving!  

The Mental Health Foundation has some great suggestions:  

  • Play ‘the floor is lava’ with the kids. 
  • Do a yoga class online. 
  • Try out a new workout on YouTube. 
  • Use the cans in your pantry as weights. 
  • Do daily stretches. 
  • Go for walks or runs outside (remembering to keep 2 metres from others).  

If you feel safer keeping active indoors, maybe you could think about ways you can bring nature into your house. You could put up pictures of maunga (mountains), whenua (land), moana (oceans) or awa (rivers) that have meaning to you. Have a chat with your pot plants (this really helps them grow!). Open the windows as often as you can and try to take time every day to feel the sun or the wind or the rain on your skin. 

Keep checking in

During times of change, it’s normal to respond in many different ways. Now is the time to ask how people are doing, and ask yourself how you are feeling. You can also call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor, at any time. 

And, if you need help with your anxiety, call or email your GP and find out how they can help you.  

Keep vigilant

There are simple steps you can take to protect you, your family and whānau. To know how you can learn, prepare and take action on COVID-19, head over to this page.