Five Ways to Wellbeing
Sparklers is based on Five Ways to Wellbeing, simple actions which, research shows, will improve the way you’re feeling if you practice them often.
Connect, me whakawhanaunga
With your friends, whānau, and the people around you.
Investing in our relationships builds a sense of belonging and connectedness.
Be active, me kori tonu:
Our brain and mind love it when we’re active. Move your body, get outside - doing physical activity you enjoy will move your mood.
Take notice, me aro tonu:
Enjoy the moment, notice the world around you, cultivate mindfulness.
For example, listen to the physical sensations of your body that signals how you are and when you need rest.
Paying more attention to the present moment, to our thoughts and feelings, and to the world around us boosts our wellbeing.
Learn, me ako tonu:
Be curious and seek out new experiences. Solve puzzles, read for fun, make art or music - this is exercising your brain.
Practice kindness; give your time, words and actions.
For example, giving your time to a colleague during morning tea and providing a chance for them to share what's going on.
We all experience the sense of appreciation and connection that comes from giving. It's a feeling that arises within us when our gift is received by another.
Building these actions into your everyday life can improve your hauora and boost your resilience; and many of these will already be an important part of your students’ world at school.
To learn more about Five Ways to Wellbeing, check out this simple guide from The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.