The Orchardist

Five ways to well-being

COVID-19 has presented the kiwifruit industry with numerous unpreceden­ted challenges which have been developing at a fast pace.

- By Mike Murphy, NZKGI

NZKGI (New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporat­ed) wants to ensure that the industry is receiving the most up-to-date informatio­n which is communicat­ed through the NZKGI newsletter the “Weekly Update”.

To register for the newsletter, visit www.nzkgi.org. nz/user-registrati­on

NZKGI also has a central hub of informatio­n relating to COVID-19 on our website www.nzkgi.org.nz

FIVE WAYS TO WELL-BEING

Everyone needs to look after themselves during and after the COVID-19 lockdown. Investing in your well-being is an ambulance at the top of the cliff. It means you will have some to draw on when you are under pressure. It will also make you healthier and more productive in the way you go about your business. To support you, Farmstrong has developed ‘Five Ways to Well-being’ which is useful for everyone, including the primary sector.

“The Five Ways to Well-being have made a huge difference to my life”, says Sam Whitelock, Farmstrong Ambassador. “Internatio­nal research has found that people who thrive had five things in common. The key is to lock them in as small, but regular improvemen­ts, so they become a habit.

1: CONNECT

Making friends and spending time with your mates makes a big difference to how you feel. Even when life is busy, try and make it a priority. The rewards will be huge. Despite the need to physically distance yourself from others to reduce transmissi­on of COVID-19, there are still ways to connect with others, including online.

2: TAKE NOTICE

Take notice of the small things in life that make you happy. Each day take a few extra moments to stop and appreciate the good things that are happening for you.

3: GIVE

When you give to others, not only do they benefit, but it also makes you feel a lot happier. Consider ways you can give back to the people around you, and don’t forget about yourself too.

4: KEEP LEARNING

Being curious and learning new things on or off the orchard will help you work smarter. At whatever age, learning new things keeps your thinking open and flexible.

5: BE ACTIVE

Keeping active is a great way to feel good. Working up a sweat releases endorphins that make you feel fresher and better able to cope with challenges.

For more informatio­n on supporting well-being, visit the Farmstrong website: www.farmstrong.co.nz/resources

 ??  ?? Sam Whitelock, Farmstrong Ambassador.
Sam Whitelock, Farmstrong Ambassador.

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