Caring for your Wellbeing Health at Home: A MENS REMAP Check-In

Miss Caitlin Anderson – Our Wellbeing Health Promotion Officer

Humans like certainty.

We seek this by exercising our instinctive strength of curiosity to understand, predict and control the uncertainty that life presents. This provides us with a sense of security and the confidence to adapt our behaviour.

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges we will face in our lifetime. It has tremendously impacted our lifestyles, and tested our mental health, as we try our best to adapt.

As we ride this wave together, it’s important for us to remember that we can exercise control in the present, which includes washing our hands frequently, avoiding unnecessary travel away from home, and keeping our distance from others.

To further support our mental and physical health, our Wellbeing Health Team encourage you to check-in with our MENS REMAP pillars. Here are a few simple strategies that you can implement with your family at home:

Mindfulness: Challenge yourself to stay in the present

  • Include Brain Breaks – Check out Canvas or Prep Book for some fun ideas.
  • Try a Guided Meditation before bed using Smiling Mind or Calm.
  • Step Outside and engage your senses – List 3 things you can see, smell, touch, taste, and hear.

Exercise: Move your body every day

  • Encourage Active Breaks – Kick the footy outside, jump on the trampoline, swim in the pool or walk the dog.
  • Start a Family Challenge – Step Counter, Skipping, How Many Pushups/ Star Jumps etc.
  • Stand up and walk around the house between subjects

Nutrition: Fuel your body with immune-boosting foods

  • Crunch&Sip – Keep up your veggies by including raw veggies, water and fruit as snacks throughout the day. If your child is hungry, ask them “Have you had your Crunch&Sip yet?
  • Plant a Herb Garden – Involve your child in ‘picking a garnish’ for each meal
  • Family Cooking – Try 2-3 new recipes each week for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Sleep: Get enough sleep each night

  • Allow exposure to sunlight first thing in the morning and also throughout the day
  • Wind down an hour before sleep by turning off technology and dimming the lights
  • Avoid caffeine and high sugar foods

Relationships: Share your feelings with friends and family, and be prepared to listen

  • Eat meals as a family
  • Stay in contact with your friends and family using technology
  • Be kind to yourself and others. We are all in this together

Engagement: Do something you love every day

  • Play your favourite music to start each day
  • Become absorbed in another world by reading a book
  • Brush up on your artistic skills through doodling, sketching or mindful colouring

Meaning and Purpose: Help others in your family

  • Use your signature strengths at home to help others
  • Get involved with household chores
  • Offer assistance to a family member or elderly neighbour in need

Achievement: Stay on track by setting realistic goals

  • Write or review a to-do list each day
  • Share your achievements with your family
  • Schedule in ‘wellbeing’ time for brain breaks, movement, engagement and nutrition.

Positive Emotion: Look for the positives in each day

  • Share a highlight of each day at the dinner table
  • Write down three blessings in a diary or journal
  • Reflect upon new learnings each day – life or school related

 

Let’s take this time to care for ourselves and care for each other.

We will get through this together!

 

Miss Caitlin Anderson

Wellbeing Health Promotion Officer

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