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12 September 2023

Weekly wellness tip: Taha Whānau – Relational Wellbeing

Published on 12 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.

#2 - Taha Whānau – Relational Wellbeing

Taha whānau refers to your relational wellbeing. This involves asking yourself who you care about and share your life with, as well as people who make you feel you belong.

Belonging is a fundamental psychological need for all humans. There is substantial evidence that when one is not relationally connected to others, this can result in poorer psychological and physiological health, compared to someone who has strong interpersonal bonds.

This week’s intention: invest in a significant relationship

Take time to invest in a relationship that you feel nourishes your sense of wellbeing. Could be a coffee, or even a phone call, as long as you are taking time to cultivate your taha whānau.

From immediate relatives and those we live with, to colleagues, friends, and wider communities we are a part of, our relationships play a significant part in our wellbeing.