Nursing school takes a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get through. Quite literally. Not only were there a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, you can also chuck in a whole lot of faeces, vomit, needles, stress, anxiety, fear, confusion, and a whole lot of time spent caring for Pat, our dummy … Continue reading Nursing School – A Reflection
Today we explore: "Taha Wairua – Spiritual Wellbeing" Spiritual wellbeing can mean many different things to different people. For some people, spirituality may be heavily entwined with religious beliefs. Others may describe it as some sort of deep connection to the world around us. As for myself, I am not religious, but spirituality is still … Continue reading MHAW 2019 – Taha Wairua – Spiritual Wellbeing
Today we explore: "Taha Whānau – Family and Social Wellbeing" A feeling of belonging to a group can be an important factor contributing to mental health and wellness. Whānau does not just include your immediate family, it can include friends, work colleagues, or anyone else in your community that you care about. Spending time with … Continue reading MHAW 2019 – Taha Whanau – Family & Social Wellbeing
Today we explore: "Taha Tinana – Physical Wellbeing" Being well physically can help us cope with the challenges that life throws at us. A healthy body can lead to a healthy mind. Our physical body could be thought of as the vessel that carries our mind. The physical body needs the right fuel and maintenance … Continue reading MHAW 2019 – Taha Tinana – Physical Wellbeing
Today we focus on mental and emotional wellbeing. Just like our physical health, our mental and emotional health needs to be looked after too . Junk food, alcohol, and smoking negatively impact physical health very much the same way as a stressful job, toxic relationship, or loneliness may impact negatively on mental health. Mental wellness … Continue reading MHAW 2019 – Taha Hinengaro – Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
To begin Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 we will start by exploring: "Whenua – Our Connection to the Land and Roots" Whenua is the natural environment; it is where we live. It could also be a place of belonging. A space where you feel free to be your true self. This could be your home, … Continue reading MHAW 2019 – Exploring Whenua
This year I’m excited to be involved in Mental Health Awareness Week 2019. The event will be running from the 23rd to the 29th September. The theme this year is: “EXPLORING YOUR WAY TO WELLBEING - WHĀIA TE ARA HAUORA, WHITIORA” The focus of this week is to spend time exploring what we can do … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 – Blog Series!
Recently, a friend asked me about meditation. They wanted to know what I actually do when I meditate. This question inspired me to write an article sharing my own experiences with meditation. Today, I will explain how I meditate and I will provide some advice on how someone new to meditation can give it a … Continue reading Meditation – What is it?
The Clyde to Alexandra 10km Road Race is always a highlight of the winter racing season. It’s a special day each year where everyone travels up to Alexandra, has a run, then celebrate afterwards sharing stories on the way back home. I return with a smile each year and this year was no different. Clyde … Continue reading Race Report – Clyde to Alexandra Road Race 2019
Nursing is well-known as an occupation in which workplace bullying and horizontal violence is common. A 2018 study of nursing students in New Zealand found that 40% of those surveyed had experienced bullying or harassment during their clinical placements. Additionally, Māori students reported a higher incidence of bullying compared to other ethnic groups (Minton, Birks, … Continue reading Bullying within Nursing