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Wellbeing during COVID-19
When New Zealand went into Level 4 in March, we focussed on staying safe, keeping connected and looking after each another . Those messages are still relevant today. We now have a stronger focus on contract tracing, and keeping physical distance.
We've done this before - we can do it again!
Download our flyer of wellbeing tips here.
Here are some more ideas for how you can keep well:
- Avoid constantly checking the news for updates about COVID-19. Try checking a reliable source of information like covid19.govt.nz once or twice a day, at a set time.
- Control what you can control. Stick to a routine, eat regularly, keep doing the things you enjoy.
- Keep connected to people who are important to you. Make a phone call. Write a letter. Send a text!
- Stick to routines as much as you can. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time or have a regular time where you talk to friends, whānau or colleagues.
- Check in on someone else who might appreciate it. Think about people who are in a bubble on their own. Do they have the support they need? Could you stay in touch a bit more?
- Be kind. Showing you care can make a big difference.
- Acknowledge your feelings. Remind yourself its perfectly normal to feel stressed in an abnormal situation.
If you need someone to talk to call 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor, 24 hours a day.
Join the Wellbeing Challenge
What can you do every day to keep well? Take our wellbeing challenge to connect, get active, learn and give. You can also encourage your friends, family and workmates to take this challenge!
Psychological First Aid
Psychological First Aid training will help you better support the people in your life, particularly in times of crisis like COVID-19. Based on World Health Organisation guidelines, our courses have been developed by leading specialists in New Zealand. This training will help you to understand your own responses and how to manage them, as well as how to support the people in your life.
- To help you help others, our pre-recorded Psychological First Aid during COVID-19 webinars are available for you to watch free online in your own time.
- You can also book into our live Stress and Wellbeing and Psychological First Aid online courses to get an interactive learning experience, for a small fee.
- You can also download the New Zealand Red Cross First Aid app for being prepared if there is a first aid incident in your bubble (all content is based on NZQA-certified first aid training).
- Our Psychological First Aid during COVID-19 guide is a resource to get you started. It explains key strategies that you can use to better support those around you, and where to go to get more help. It's designed as a companion to our course.
- Download our Psychological First Aid during COVID-19 guide.
Check out the Ministry of Health resources available for you to download below. Please note these translations have been prepared by the community as part of their response to COVID-19.
For more COVID-19 translated resources, head to the Unite Against COVID-19 website.