Wellbeing Wednesday: It’s the Little Things

It’s Wednesday (yes, already!?), meaning it’s time for another list of things you can do, listen to, visit and talk about to help stimulate your brain and increase your mental wellbeing. 

We’re absolutely thrilled to be at level 2 and be able to continue educating our students with their hairdressing, barbering and makeup training! Being back together (with safety measures in place, such as distancing and hygiene rules) and getting back into the groove with practising cuts, colours and makeup techniques within the academy environment has undoubtedly lifted the spirits of many of us.

This week for Wellbeing Wednesday, we’ve collated 7 little things you can do which will have a big impact on your state of mind. 

Get outta here!

One of the best things you can do for your mental wellbeing is get physical! Whether that’s going out for a walk around the block, taking a run on the beach or doing a workout in the garden, getting outside and making your body move releases endorphins (in other words, tiny “feel good” neurochemicals released in the brain).

Chit chat

In this unprecedented time where many of us have been separated from loved ones, there’s nothing better than reuniting with people and having a good old yarn! Conversations don’t need to be deep or with people you’re particularly close with, but having a good chit chat (via video chat, phone or in person) is a great way to feel connected again.

Me time

Now that the evenings are getting chilly, what’s better than lighting a luscious candle, popping on your favourite podcast or TV show and running a nice hot bath?!  Take this alone time to relax your mind and body and focus on nothing work or stress-related. If you don’t have a bath, take a nice long shower or shut off from the world by settling yourself in bed for an early night.

Gratitude and growth

Many of us have faced difficulties in the last few months, but one way to combat the negative mental effects of this is being grateful. Each day, take a moment to note down or think about something you’re truly grateful for; it could be anything big or small. To take it a step further, think about something you want to improve on or an area you want to grow in or learn more about. This could be anything from a personality trait you wish to work on, learning about different cultures or working on situations you’d like to handle better.

Try something new!

Having a go at a new activity is an awesome way to keep your mind and body busy. Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? Now’s the time to begin that journey! Whether it’s something simple like learning to perfect a recipe, trying out a sport or giving a new language a crack, the list is endless (and you’ll have a new skill to show off)! 

Spread kindness

It might sound a little backwards, but being kind and doing things for others is one of the best ways to help yourself feel amazing. Sometimes it’s the little things that have the biggest impact, such as shouting a coffee for a stranger, doing the dishes without being asked or giving a compliment to someone on the street. Check out https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/, which highlights the benefits of kindness, as well as organisations you can support.

Be in the moment

We live in an era where everything is documented (particularly through photos on social media) where we feel we need to prove or show-off what’s going on in our lives. If this worldwide pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that focusing on loved ones and living for the now is important. If you’re catching up with your mates after iso or visiting your family out of the city, leave your phone in your bag. Live in the moment and turn your attention to the people you’re with instead of people online.

This article is not a replacement for professional help. If you or someone you know needs extra support, please contact/visit the links below or seek help from your GP:

https://www.youthline.co.nz/
Free call 0800 376 633 or free text 234

https://depression.org.nz/
Free call 0800 111 757 or free text 4202

https://thelowdown.co.nz/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help