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05 September 2023

Weekly wellness tip: Te Whare Tapa Whā

Published on 05 September 2023

College Of Law    

Te Whare Tapa Whā – a holistic approach to health and wellness that highlights the interconnectedness of one’s wellbeing.

Though it may be somewhat easy to compartmentalise different aspects of health on paper, it is inevitable that each aspect will impact each other.

The Weekly Wellness Tip will focus on each of the 4 aspects over the next four weeks.

#1 Taha Hinengaro – Mental & Emotional Wellness

With all the buzz about mental health today, it can be easy to feel inundated by the sheer amount of information floating around.

While factors influencing these health outcomes are wide-ranging, affecting individuals and groups in different ways, there are easy tips we can implement, specifically regarding stress caused by work, to help improve our mental performance and emotional regulation.

We might not be able to avoid the sources of stress, but we can influence how we respond. There are measures we can take to lower our levels of cortisol, the stress hormone by eating certain foods.

Try including some of these foods into your daily intake:

  1. Foods high in B-Vitamins (beef, chicken, eggs, fortified cereal with vitamin B-12).
  2. Foods high in Omega 3s (Fish, Walnuts, Avocado, Chia, Flax, Olive Oil).
  3. Magnesium Rich Food (Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Pistachios, Broccoli, Banana, Spinach, Dark Chocolate)