Staying mentally healthy
Everyone’s emotional and mental wellbeing is important. It is normal to feel anxious or stressed in times of difficulty. However, there are lots of things you can do to feel better.
Do not be afraid to seek support
For support with anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Free apps, toolkits and other digital resources are available to help you look after your mental wellbeing.
Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing
There are a number of things we can all do to boost our mental wellbeing and that of our loved ones.
This is important for our wellbeing and helps to make us feel safer, less stressed and less anxious. We can support each other through the recovery, by keeping the connections and close ties to others that we forged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acknowledge your feelings
It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, worried or scared. Allow yourself time to notice and express what you are feeling. This could be by writing thoughts and feelings down in a journal, talking to others, doing something creative or practising meditation. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you’re feeling. Reach out to others.
Stick to routines where possible
Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time, eat at regular times, shower, change your clothes, see others regularly, either virtually or in person, and do your chores. Meditating and exercising can help you to relax and have a positive impact on your thoughts. Try not to increase unhealthy habits like comfort eating, drinking, smoking or vaping.
Check in on other people who might need help
Reaching out to those who may be feeling stressed or concerned can benefit both you and the person receiving support.
Limit your time online
You may find it useful to limit your time online. Check media and social media at specific times once or twice a day.
Staying safe online
During the COVID-19 pandemic many people are spending more time online. While the internet helps you connect with family members, friends and colleagues, there are also risks. Knowing how to stay safe online can help protect you and your whānau.
For more information on how to keep safe online visit the following Netsafe websites:
- Stay connected, stay safe (external link)
- The best online safety tips for lockdown (external link)
- How to create an online safety plan (external link)
It's illegal for anyone to send or publish threatening, offensive or sensitive material and damaging rumours. You can report these to Netsafe and get free expert advice.
Reporting online harm, illegal material or inappropriate online contact
It is illegal for anyone to send or publish threatening, offensive or sensitive material and spread damaging rumours. Netsafe provides resources and advice on a range of online safety issues such as bullying and abuse and scams. You can report an online incident to Netsafe and get free expert advice.
If you find any illegal material online, you can report objectionable material to the Department of Internal Affairs.
If anyone in your family or whānau receives inappropriate contact online, you can make a non-emergency report to the police or call 111 for emergencies.