BE ACTIVE – Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 October 2018
Day 4 – Thursday 11 October
Today is a good day to be active – go fishing, work in the garden, walk around the block, pick up rubbish in a park – anything that gets you moving!
The Mental Health Foundation offers some more suggestions below and reminds us that “getting outside and exercising is good for your overall health and wellbeing and strengthens your connection with nature.
✔Enjoy the fresh air and play! Notice the trees, clouds and sky.
✔Climb your maunga/mountain or swim in your awa/river or moana/sea.
✔Join in on a team sport and meet people at the same time – tennis, bowls, touch rugby, fishing, hunting or waka ama.
✔Bring activity into the everyday. E.g. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to colleagues to talk with them instead of phoning and get off the bus one stop earlier than your stop.
✔Take a whānau walk after dinner. Let family members take turns to choose where to go.
✔Dive into nature so she can give you sustenance!”
Do anything if you are active and outdoors, no matter how short a time you have – just get out there! Bare feet and grass!