Positive Actions You Should Practice
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It is very normal to feel a range of emotions about the attacks in Christchurch that happened a couple of weeks ago, as you may be angry, sad, feel a bit guilt, hurt or scared just to name a few.
You might also feel physically affected, where you may experience to feel aches and pains also feel agitated and tense.
Some ways to get through and support your mental health:
- Stick to your routines if you can. Stay connected with your friends and family, neighbours and work colleagues. It’s tempting to stay home but keeping connected and resuming your normal everyday activities will make a big difference to your mental health.
- Offer support to others if you can and ask for help if you need it. Being there for others is important for your own mental health, but you deserve support and compassion too. Check in with how you’re feeling and support the people in your life to talk about how they’re doing.
- Do things that feel good. During stressful and traumatic times, it’s more important than ever to make sure you spend at least some time every day doing things that make you feel happy, comforted or connected, things that give you a break from the world. Go to your maunga, awa, moana or whenua that you feel connected to and just be, or share meals with loved ones, go for a run, pray, dance, or read. Giving your brain and your body some time to switch off helps to fuel you to get through difficult times.
- Turn the news off. While it’s tempting to keep the news on all the time to try to better understand what’s happened, it can be overwhelming to have floods of scary and bad news coming at you all the time. Turn it off when you can and make an effort to only check websites and social media once or twice a key. This is especially important if you have children or vulnerable people around who may be distressed by images and descriptions of the attack.
- Move your body. Do what you can to keep moving throughout the day. Exercise can help but it plays a big role in your mood and mental health.
- Don’t make big decisions. Now is not the time to make big changes in your life. Delay what you can until you’re feeling better.
- Simplify your life. While routine is important, having space and time to rest is, too. Make a list of everything you have to do today or this week and then cross out the things that aren’t absolutely essential. You can get to those things later.
- Look for the helpers. It’s easy to get caught up in the bad news, especially when such an awful thing has happened. Make, an effort to look out for stories about people being kind, compassionate and caring to each other.
Credit: "Ministry of Health NZ"