If you or the tamariki are feeling... blah, uncertain or a bit irritable? Rest assured this is totally normal - it's an uncertain time and a bit stressful.
It also acts as a great sign that our body and brain are on form and telling us that we need a bit of a mental health boost. And just like eating well, sleeping well, exercising and staying hydrated boosts our physical health, there are also things we can do to boost our mental health. Let us explain…
Back in 2008, the British government contracted the New Ecomomics Foundation to come up with a set of actions that improve personal wellbeing. They wanted to develop the ‘5+ a day fruit and vege rule for wellbeing.
The rules were:
- These had to be actions that anyone could do
- There had to be evidence that they (when practised often) would make people feel better
- The Foundation set off. They reviewed studies from around the world and conducted an enormous number of interviews.
In the end, they compiled a 27-page report that identified five key actions, which if done regularly are scientifically-proven to lift your wellbeing.