1 in 5 Kiwis experience some form of stress, anxiety and depression. Rugby and the sporting community are 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 experiences with their own mental fitness and the times when they were finding things tough. Featuring Former All Black Keven Mealamu, Black Ferns Sevens player Ruby Tui & Former Junior All Black James McGougan.
Looking after our mental fitness and wellbeing is just as important when things are going well in our lives. Have a look at the 8 strategies below to help you manage your mental fitness.
Stress can affect many areas of our lives. Take some time to learn about the things that cause you stress and brainstorm some skills that might help you cope.
Being physically active is proven to help us feel better and decrease stress. This isn’t just limited to trainings and gym workouts. Other options include walking, yoga, swimming and social sports teams.
Research has shown the huge benefits mindfulness can have on our wellbeing. Slowing things down, taking notice and appreciating the small things are great ways to support your mental fitness.
Helping and giving your time to others is an amazing way of making yourself feel good. This could be as simple as asking someone how they are, helping out within your community or helping a mate with a chore.
Having people around you who are looking out for you and that you trust is really important. These are the people that can help you out when things might be tough and boost your mood when you need it.
Fuelling our bodies with nourishing food and limiting caffeine and sugar improves our energy levels and supports body recovery. Make eating well a priority.
Good sleep is a key part of living well, most people need between 7-9 hours and there are so many ways to help improve your sleep. Click here to learn more.
Doing things you enjoy and giving yourself time to relax is a great way to look after your mental fitness. Make time for activities you like doing such as reading, music, spending time with friends or playing another sport.
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).
A website that helps New Zealander’s recognise and understand depression and anxiety. Links with the free depression helpline, number above.