1 in 5 Kiwis experience some form of stress, anxiety or depression. The rugby community is no different. HeadFirst can help.
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Find out what mental fitness is all about, why it’s important and the best ways to look after it.
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Hear players and others share their thoughts on mental fitness and some of the ups and downs we can all experience. Featuring HeadFirst ambassadors Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ruby Tui and Keven Mealamu.
Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body. Doing even just 2 or 3 of these activities on a daily basis will help you to maintain and strengthen your mental fitness.
Supportive, strong relationships with friends and whanau can be a great source of strength. Arrange to catch-up with friends or family or help out in your local community.
Fuel your body with the best nutrition and find time to exercise outside of training such as surfing, golf or going for a walk.
Doing something nice for someone else releases those ‘feel good’ chemicals in our brains and is great for our mental fitness. Investigate where you could volunteer your time.
Sharing what’s going on in your life, good and bad, with people you trust is a great way to celebrate success and get things of your chest when you need.
Taking time each day to list the things you’re grateful for improves our ability to look for the positives. Try using a gratitude journal to record your thoughts.
Mindfulness is a great way to create space in a busy day and refocus. Just 5 minutes a day can improve your ability to cope with stress.
Sleep is one of the biggest influences of mental fitness, most people need between 7-9 hours and there are so many ways to help improve your sleep. Click here to learn more.
Finding time to relax can be a challenge. Block out time in advance that is protected ‘you’ time. This could be a holiday or simply a day off to rest.
A website for young New Zealanders to help understand depression and anxiety from their own perspectives. Get in touch with a trained counsellor by free txt (5626).
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