• reneelknowles

New Zealand Mental Health Awareness Week

Updated: Oct 3, 2021

How are you really feeling today?

Do you ever ‘check in’ with your body?

What sensations can you feel that may be related to stress?

Did you know that there is a direct relationship between our thoughts and emotions and therefore the reactions that happen internally in our bodies?

We live in a society full of pressure, judgement, stress, deadlines, overwhelm, anxiety and trauma. It is normal to go through ups and downs in life. It is how we grow learn, and develop coping mechanisms and resilience as humans. However it is vital we choose tools that are positive to our recovery during these times.

My name is Renee and I am a Senior Physio at Auckland Physiotherapy, and the founder of Haven Wellness. I have special interests in women’s and pelvic health Physiotherapy, clinical Pilates, and health promotion – including corporate health, ergonomics, sleep, and mental wellbeing. I am a qualified Mindfulness teacher through the Holistic Therapies Institute in the UK. I am very passionate about mental wellness having been through some difficult times myself.

My Top Tips for Mental Health:

- Provide a safe and secure environment to those who share with you. We all want to feel this when being vulnerable and opening up.

- Practice breath work and meditation.

- Journaling can be a great way to name the emotions you are feeling, and therefore understand your thoughts.

- Gratitude practice can trigger certain reactions in the brain to immediately change your mood. You can practice this in written form, in meditation, or even in front of a mirror. It can be beneficial to do before bed to help improve sleep.

- Eating healthy fresh food, avoid excessive alcohol consumption, and focus on quality sleep routine methods.

- Exercising, especially in nature, can help improve your mood and energy.

- Acceptance is a big one. We simply cannot control everything in life. The things we can control are: exercise, food intake, sleep, choosing healthy coping tools, what you are saying to yourself and others, controlling your media intake, boundaries of your energy and people, expectations of yourself and others, and mindfulness practice – choosing how you want to respond to situations and conflict.

There are lots of amazing resources and contact details for helplines on mentalhealth.org.nz.

If you are interested in learning if a Mindfulness Course would be right for you, please feel free to contact me on havenforwellness@gmail.com, and we can a free phone consultation.

Thank you,


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