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The Five Ways to Wellbeing (Give, Connect, Be Active, Take Notice and Keep Learning) are five simple actions we can all do to improve our wellbeing.

When we practise the Five Ways to Wellbeing in nature, we’re giving ourselves a boost of postiive feelings and energy that can last throughout the day!

Here you’ll find some activities to help you and your students practise the Five Ways to Wellbeing beyond Mental Health Awareness Week. We’ve listed each activity under the Five Ways to Wellbeing it aligns with the most – but remember most of these activities exemplify more than one of the Five Ways.

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Strengthening relationships and feeling close to and valued by others, including at school, is critical to boosting student wellbeing. Help your students connect with their local environment and connect with the people around them, such as their whānau/family and whakapapa/geneaology, by running these activities with your classroom.

Encouraging your students to Keep Learning, be curious and seek out new experiences at school and in life will positively stimulate their brain! The activities listed below are easy examples of how to do this in the classroom.

Giving can mean different things to different people. For some, it might mean carrying out small or large acts of kindness. Giving can increase student’s happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.

Taking notice involves paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around us. The activities listed below will help students to be more present, taking notice of things that perhaps they normally wouldn’t.

Being physically active, including at school, can improve student’s physical health and their mood and wellbeing, and it can decrease stress, depression and anxiety.

Mental Health Awareness Week is great way to learn about the Five Ways to Wellbeing and continue any learnings throughout the year by building them into daily classroom life.

 

Connect

Me whakawhanaunga 

Maramataka: Mutuwhenua

Monday 8 October

The moon phase today is called Mutuwhenua – it’s the last day of the lunar cycle. We suggest focusing on connecting with your whānau, friends and community in nature.

Focus on connecting with nature to uplift your wairua/spirit and those around you.

 

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Keep learning

Me ako tonu

Maramataka: Whiro

Tuesday 9 October

The moon phase today is called Whiro, the new moon, the beginning of the new moon cycle. A day where activity was minimal, a day for wananga/learning. This makes Tuesday a great day to Keep Learning.

 

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Take notice

 Me aro tonu

Maramataka: Tirea

Wednesday 10 October

 

 

The new moon is beginning to expand ever so slightly and can just be seen. See nature through a different lens and take some time to Take Notice and be inspired by what’s happening around you.

 

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Be active

Me kori tonu

Maramataka: Ohoata

Thursday 11 October

Today is a very good day for fishing, eeling and crayfishing, and a good day for planting which means it’s a great day to Be Active! Getting outside and exercising is good for your overall health and wellbeing and strengthens your connection with nature.

Remember to encourage people to be as physically active as their fitness and mobility allow. You don’t have to run a marathon to be active!

 

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Give

Tukua

Maramataka: Ouenuku

Friday 12 October

This is the fourth night of the lunar month. Today is a good day to rekindle your connections with nature, re-tell stories with whānau and give back.

Nature provides for us – it gives us everything we need to not only survive but thrive. We, in turn, have a kaitiaki/guardianship role to give back to nature for future generations.

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