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MiNDFOOD: Dealing with Acute Stress/PTSD

Following the horrific event in Christchurch on 15 March 2019, MiNDFOOD published a beautiful, thoughtful collection of individual stories and ideas from a range of specialists on recovery, supporting others and moving forward together. Thank you to MiNDFOOD for the opportunity to contribute to the collection and I deeply hope it was helpful (see images for column titled 'Dealing with Acute Stress/PTSD'). If you, or your family and friends, need some extra support to take care following the event, I encourage you to call 1737, New Zealand's free mental health helpline. They are a brilliant, supportive team.    ...

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Latitude Magazine: Be kind to yourself and be realistic

Thank you to the lovely Latitude Magazine team for the opportunity to share self care in their gorgeous magazine! In this article, I offer some insights into behaviour change and suggest a simple activity you can do to help you overcome those wellbeing barriers to that crop up from time to time. "Change is almost never linear, it's more like a messy scrawl on paper." Am I right?? Check out the Feb/Mar 2019 print edition now to read the article and catch up on inspiring ideas and people in Canterbury. Take care x  ...

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Stuff My Sunday: Sarah McGuinness on why self care is not selfish

It was a privilege to chat with Stuff’s Cecile Meier about all things self care, especially at this busy time. As a recap, here are the five self care tips I shared at the end: Brushing your teeth every day is something we all do for our physical health. What could you do everyday for mental health self-care in the same way so that it becomes a habit? The idea is to make it sustainable, so choosing something simple like reflecting on what has been the best part of your day can be a good place to start. Share self-care with others. Talk to your loved ones about making time for it – together and on your own. If you can support each other to make...

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Story behind the self care cards

Self care is one of the most important things you can do for your mental fitness and wellbeing, and for living a balanced life. Yet, I know from my professional and personal experience, most of us struggle to make the time. Recognising there was a need for a resource that would make self care easy and accessible, I set about designing something I would happily give to friends and family during times of celebration, and times of stress and sorrow. I wanted the resource to be compassionate, welcoming, thoughtful and practical, and something that could be used anywhere. After much thought, the pack of 30 self care cards was born. The self care idea on each card is drawn from my psychology background and experience as a wife, mum, friend, colleague, sister, and...

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