Otago Polytechnic

10 October, 2018

Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing – Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga!

WWW.MHAW.CO.NZ

 

(Link to Mental Health Foundation, most of the ideas below come from this site) 

Date Theme Ideas / Activities / Links

Monday 8 October

 

Connect

Me whakawhanaunga

OP Activities today:

11.30am – 1.00pm:  Visit our Mental Health Awareness table in The Hub – for a chat, sharing of information, links to useful resources – enjoy a piece of fruit or a chocolate

12noon – 12.50pm:  “Calming the Busy Overload – an Introduction to Mindfulness” with Heather Day, venue G205

 

Connect with Papatūānuku – go barefoot, feel the earth under your feet

Connect with Ranginui by lying on the earth and observe the sky above

Organise a walk in nature

Create things with you own hands – use natural material to make art

Create a green space at home, at work

Arrange to catch up with a friend or colleague over tea/coffee

Ask a colleague how they are, then stop and wait for the answer

Tuesday 9 October

 

Keep learning

Me ako tonu

OP Activities today:

11.30am – 1.00pm:  Visit our Mental Health Awareness table in The Hub – for a chat, sharing of information, links to useful resources - enjoy a piece of fruit or a chocolate

12noon – 1.00pm:  Enjoy a cup of tea made from healing herbs growing in our Living Campus Garden kindly ‘brewed’ by the Natural Resources Team

  • Learn how the traditional natural environment can help heal you

 

Learn / share with others where you are from: your maunga/mountain, awa/river, whenua/land and marae 

Share fun and interesting facts about traditional Māori places. Learn the te reo Māori names of mountains and river

Learn the names of New Zealand’s native plants

Listen to a TED Talk on something that inspires you.

Wednesday 10 October

 

Take notice

Me aro tonu

OP Activities today:

11.30am – 1.00pm:  Visit our Mental Health Awareness table in The Hub – for a chat, sharing of information, links to useful resources - enjoy a piece of fruit or a chocolate

11.30am – 12.30pm:  Join Student Success in H127 for an informal chat  o A discussion about their roles o What Student Success is currently doing for the wellbeing of our learners o The initiatives they have in place o Future ideas and aspirations for wellbeing on campus

12 noon: Cancelled due to forecast weather change -  Go for a walk with Heather Day to the Gardens - meet at the table in The Hub

12.30 pm - 1.00 pm - Relaxation session in H601 - take some time out and allow yourself to relax with this guided focus and relaxation session with Heather Day

Have an “email-consciousness” day – think before sending that email!!

Wednesday is an unofficial email –consciousness day. So its`s OK to step back; have a break from emails; be mindful about that email you are about to send or open. Is there another way to communicate with a treasured colleague?  Phone calls are still in fashion and your colleagues will always appreciate a visit from you!

 

Be inspired by the night sky

Bring a native plant into your home or workplace

Take notice of your senses in your environment: what can you smell, taste, hear, touch and see?

Wear a bright colour and notice how that makes you feel.

 Thursday 11 October

 

Be active

Me kori tonu

OP Activities today:

11.30am – 1.00pm:  Visit our Mental Health Awareness table in The Hub – for a chat, sharing of information, links to useful resources - enjoy a piece of fruit or a chocolate

 

Enjoy the fresh air and play!

Join in a sport team and meet people

Take a lunchtime class at Tapuae

Bring activity into the everyday

Take a whānau walk after dinner

Drive into nature so she can give you sustenance!

Friday 12 October

 

Give

Tukua

OP Activities today:

11.30am – 1.00pm:  Visit our Mental Health Awareness table in The Hub – for a chat, sharing of information, links to useful resources - enjoy a piece of fruit or a chocolate

 

Give your harvest / food you have grown to others

Give your time, your words, your presence to others

Prepare and share food together * Volunteer for an environment clean-up

Produce less waste

Give a smile, a compliment to your work colleagues or others whom you meet

Buy a coffee and pay for two, a gift for someone who follows.

Additional activities: 

Mental Health Quiz Night, Open for all!

October 16, 2018

The Hub, 7.30pm

Donations go the Mental Health Foundation

Form a team with 5 -6 members and register now!

To register, send your details and team name to Kathy Howard at HOWAKL1@student.op.ac.nz

or go to OPSA to sign up.

Orderdate: 10 Oct 2018
Expiry: 27 Nov 2018