Wellbeing Wednesday: Roundup

Following the unexpected news last night, we understand some of you may be feeling anxious or worried about the unknown. The academy is here to support not just your learning during this time, but also your mental wellbeing. We share your frustration, but we’ve been through this before and we were immensely proud of our academy community for the way you got on with it.

With this month’s aptly timed Wellbeing Wednesday, we’ve done a roundup of our fave ways you can help ease those anxious or stress-inducing feelings.

Podcasts

Podcasts are a growing trend and there are SO MANY out there focussing on a range of genres and topics. If podcasts are your thing, we recommend Happy Place and Pretty Depressed. Happy Place is a podcast that features a candid convo with a different celeb each episode and focuses on a range of topics including depression, being in isolation, body positivity and stigma. If you’re looking for something closer to home, Pretty Depressed is a podcast created and hosted by NZ’s own Kim Crossman. 

Apps

Let’s face it, now we’re back at level 3 (and when you’re not busy with online work), you’re probably going to be on your phone a lot more. Take this as an opportunity to use your screen time productively – cue Headspace. 

Headspace makes meditating easy. By hopping onto the app for a few minutes a day, you’ll learn how to control and create mindfulness and meditation techniques. Within the app, you’ll get access to hundreds of meditation styles featuring different aspirations, such as getting better sleep or easing anxiety.

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 and taking time to reflect. 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. If you’re comfortable with those in your family, flat or bubble, talk about this and create a healthy conversation about gratefulness and support.

Instagram

Social media is often a catalyst for bad mental health, but it has its perks too. There are hundreds of positive and informative accounts you can follow. We couldn’t really pick our faves from our previous list, so check them all out here: https://servillesacademy.com/blog/wellbeing-wednesday-instagram/

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Why do I still feel so stressed and exhausted? Imagine a dystopian world where we have to be hyper vigilant at all times because of a greater general level of threat and risk. Where at short notice, our world and life has to be unpredictably overhauled to manage that risk. Where uncertainty about what might happen next is the norm. Of course we don’t have to imagine this… we just need to remember the last few months and think about what’s happening now. We’ve been running at higher general threat levels for a long time time now. Our capacity has been running at full with all the uncertainty, unpredictability, change and stressors we’ve been dealing with and that’s on top of just normal life which often fills our capacity to the brim anyway. This means our brains have been perpetually telling our body to direct energy to deal with that threat. When we’ve been running at full capacity for a long time this can lead to our body feeling depleted, because it is! We are exhausted because our body has been in a state of high stress. We need time to rest and recover. But yet that’s not necessarily possible as we are still running at full capacity and still need that extra energy to help us manage through this. And ironically that exhaustion in itself uses up even more capacity: mustering up that required energy becomes all the harder and life seems more difficult as our capacity feels out of control and at risk of bubbling over. There are many reasons your capacity will be used up right now as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. These are just some of the reasons you told me (thanks to all those that responded). Some key ways to manage capacity are: •recognise the signs you are reaching full capacity. •break things down so you can work out what you can tackle. •don’t forgot to use your coping strategies. •seek support when you can. •kick unnecessary things out of your cup if possible. •talk things through. •prioritise breaks and rest and recovery periods (even just short ones) •be kind to yourself and don’t beat yourself up for feeling bad or finding things difficult. •look after the basics… eat and drink regularly, prioritise sleep and exercise.

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Get Physical

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).

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