Updated: Sep 30, 2021

It's about figuring out how YOU drive, what works for you.

Wellbeing is about creating balance among four key dimensions of health: social, physical, mental and emotional.

This is the basis for mindset cards and is derived from the model of Te Whare Tapa Whā, developed by Dr Mason Durie.

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Wellbeing model: Te Whare Tapa Whā

The tools and skills I have learned, and have compiled in these cards, have become building blocks that I can pull out, stack, reposition and reuse at varying times to help me create a sense of balance across these four dimensions in my life.

Life is always changing, so when there are periods where one of these dimensions feels out of balance or wobbly, I can choose exercises to focus my efforts on this area. This has been one of the greatest comforts for me as I needed to know I had ways to identify signs and a toolkit of resources to fall back on when I needed them.

If this post has triggered anything in you or someone else you know, please reach out and talk to someone.

Stay safe out there.

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"Self care isn't selfish" is one of the visual reminders on my cards. It reminded me when I read this brilliant post the other day of the importance of time out.

And by 'time out' I'm not talking about managing a toilet break without "little interruptions", getting some exercise (ends up being one of the times when I do some of my best thinking), or having lie-in on the weekend (anything beyond 6:30am is considered a bonus).

You cannot be your best self when you're drained. When the tank is empty you're not in the best physical or mental state to look after yourself, let alone others.

So focusing on your own self-care isn't selfish, it's self-preserving.

What fills up your tank or brings you joy? Taking time to meditate, to call a friend, to garden, pursue a hobby?

Knowing what brings you joy will fill up your tank by releasing the body's "good" hormones, which lower the stress response.

Here's a few ways I look after myself.

  • Making sure I get my 'daily dose' (which btw is one of the models in mindset cards).

  • Taking time to reflect every week on what I have achieved, my successes.

  • Getting out outside for a walk in nature.

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It wasn't until I had a diagnosis that I had depression, that I started to recognise signs that I hadn't been coping with day-to-day. And what concerned me the most was how was I going to notice if I started slipping back into that same mindset?

Stress, anxiety, sadness, tiredness, irritability, isolation, guilt, and countless others, are just some of the ways in which people experience or demonstrate signs of UN-wellbeing. While others, who may be struggling equally as much demonstrate no external signs.

Below are just three simple ways in which you can start to notice signs or periods in your life where your wellbeing may be out of balance.

Keep a diary

Recording or writing down your feelings, activities, goals, the good and the bad, however small for the day, week or month ahead is a great way to reflect but also to notice patterns or changes in your thoughts or behaviors.

Check your well-being 'balance'

Remember the last time you think you felt really good or happy. Compare that to where you think you are today. Are you feeling better/worse/the same? If you're feeling worse, try to identify what part of your life is the root cause? Is it your physical health, social connections (work, family, community group?), mental or emotional health (sense of purpose, value). Any changes or pressure in these core areas of wellbeing can cause you to feel imbalanced. Take the time to 'check in' on yourself on a regular basis. Recording this can also help to see patterns or trends.

Set goals

Goalsetting is a great way to keep your well-being in check. Whether big or small, setting goals and achieving them is a great way to boost your emotions and keep a check on your overall sense of wellbeing.

Mindset Cards have been developed to help you build your awareness of mental health and are a great visual reminder to keep your overall wellbeing in check.

If this post has triggered anything in you or someone else you know, please reach out and talk to someone.

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