During MHAW, we’ll give you tips on how to use the Five Ways to Wellbeing in nature – these are five simple yet proven actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience and boost your wellbeing.
To guide the activity over the week (Monday–Friday), we've used the Maramataka/traditional Māori lunar calendar to inspire you this Mental Health Awareness Week.
We’ll help you:
- Connect with Ranginui/Sky Father and Papatūānuku/Earth Mother
- Keep Learning about Māori ancestral knowledge and our New Zealand history
- Take Notice of the natural world and everything within it, including ourselves
- Be Active in nature, and
- Give back to nature as a way to nurture our environment.
CONNECT / ME WHAKAWHANAUNGA
Monday 8 October - Mutuwhenua
The moon phase today is called Mutuwhenua – it’s the last day of the lunar cycle. We suggest today’s workplace activities focus on connecting with your tangata/people, rōpū/teams and nature to uplift your wairua/spirit and those around you. Focus on connecting with your people, teams and nature to uplift your wairua/spirit and those around you.
Me kōrero, me whakarongo, me whakawātea i a koe, me rongo i te whanaungatanga
Talk and listen, be there, feel connected
Spend time in nature with whānau/family, friends and community to uplift your wairua/spirit and those around you. Receive and give strength to each other. Connect with Papatūānuku/Mother Earth and touch, smell and eat the bounty she provides.
KEEP LEARNING / ME AKO TONU
Tuesday 9 October - Whiro
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.
Awhitia te wheako hou, kimihia ngā ara hou, me ohorere koe i a koe anō
Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself
There’s always something new to learn and discover when you Let nature in. Embrace new places. Learn the names of native plants and animals. Learn (or share with others) where you are from, your maunga/mountain and awa/river. Visit places you feel connected to and learn more about them.
TAKE NOTICE / ME ARO TONU
Wednesday 10 October - Tirea
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 mindful of what’s happening around you.
Me aro tonu kingā mea māmā noa, i ngākau harikoa ai koe
Remember the simple things that give you joy
See nature through a different lens and take some time to Take Notice and be mindful of what’s happening around you. Take Notice of the natural world and find ways to Let nature in to your everyday life, e.g. bring a native plant into workplace and ensure you take time to nurture it.
BE ACTIVE / ME KORI TONU
Thursday 11 October - Ohoata
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.
Whāia te mea ka taea e koe, kia pārekareka tāu i whai ai, kia pai ake ō piropiro
Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood
Getting outside and exercising is good for your overall health and wellbeing and strengthens your connection with nature. Remember, you don’t have to run a marathon to be active.
GIVE / TUKUA
Friday 12 October - Ouenuku
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.
Te wā ki a koe, ō kupu, ko koe tonu
Your time, your words, your presence
Nature provides for us – it gives us everything we need to not only survive, but thrive. We, in turn, have a kaitiaka/guardianship role to give back to nature for future generations. Share the wonder and the joy of being in nature - gift your harvest, prepare and share kai/food together, create things made with your own hands.