Helen Vaughan - Church COVID-19 Advisor

Kia Ora church family

As we are negotiating this new and strange way of life and getting into the rhythm of being at home all the time, it’s important to take care of our mental health as well as our physical health and spiritual health. Jonathan has been supporting us in our spiritual health with his frequent blog and our wonderful on line church service.

Here are a few suggestions for other areas of our lives.

Mental health

Take time to chat with family and friends and neighbours by phone, video chat or at a 2m distance

Take a break from the news

Keep to a routine: if you are working from home take your normal breaks

Feel productive: if you come to a standstill in your work have a cup of tea outside or something similar


If you  find that you are not coping and  need support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing and feel that you would like to talk to a professional rather than to someone in your support network you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor.  https://1737.org.nz/

Jonathan has also posted some information about local counsellors (free) on our church website.

There is a lot of information and misinformation about Covid19 being given right now. I suggest to avoid being overwhelmed we focus on the NZ government’s website. https://covid19.govt.nz/

Physical activity at home for Seniors. Steph from Sport Waikato has a couple of online videos of Sit and Be Fit  classes that you could watch and do:

Sit & Be Fit with Steph 12 minutes: https://youtu.be/kko8fMZ212Y

Sit & Be Fit with Steph 21minutes: https://youtu.be/qr_rDxkvLbo


Food delivery

Fresh Choice and Countdown supermarkets have priority assistance for delivery for those who need it:



Advance care planning

Advance care planning helps you, the important people in your life and your health care team plan for your end-of-life care. It helps you understand what the future might hold, and to say what health care you would or would not want.  This makes it much easier for everyone to know what you want - especially if you can no longer speak for yourself.

What do you need to think about?

What is important to you and gives your life meaning?

Are there any treatments or types of care that you would or would not want?

Who would you want to make decisions on your behalf if you weren't able to?

If there was a choice, how and where would you like to spend your last days?

Use this template to start your thinking.

Start an online guide which will show you the process.

Click on the links to start your thinking.




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