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More than 100 people turned out to an
open day formally launching the Te Anau
Community Garden on September 20.
Fiordland College assistant principal
Brendan Carroll said there was a great
response, with those present sharing in a
hangi lunch and witnessing the planting of
two heritage plum trees by principal Linda
Miller and Southland District mayor Frana
Plans to erect a garden shed and second
tunnel house were “a bit harder than
we thought” so that project has been
postponed till the next community working
bee on October 17.
A shared hangi lunch proved extremely
Scarecrows made by Te Anau Primary
School pupils now stand guard over the
plots until after the school holidays when
planting will begin in earnest.
Many hands make light work at community garden
The hangi lunch was popular with all those present.
More than 100 people turned out to the
Fiordland Community Garden's open day.
Mental Health Awareness Week begins on
October 5, prompting people to prioritise
good mental health as a key part of overall
wellbeing – feeling good and functioning
In Te Anau a depression awareness evening
will be held on October 12 while pamphlets
and resources on mental health and drug
and alcohol issues and services are also
being promoted (refer ads below).
Key to the week is the promotion of five
proven ways everyone can support their
own wellbeing and that of those around
them. They are:
CONNECT Develop your relationships with
friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours
as these connections support you and
enrich your life.
BE ACTIVE Physical activity helps you to feel
good so find something that you enjoy and
suits your ability.
TAKE NOTICE Be aware of the world around
you and see the beauty in everyday and
unusual things – reflecting on them helps
you appreciate what matters to you.
LEARN Try something new or rediscover an
old interest, or take on a new responsibility
or challenge – learning makes you more
confident and can be fun.
GIVE Do something for a friend or stranger
and see yourself and your happiness as
linked to the wider community.
To kicks things off, Public Health South has
prepared this article on the importance of
"A clown is like an aspirin, only he
works twice as fast."
Humour lowers stress, dissolves anger and
unites us. Laughing at ourselves and the
situation helps us see that small things are
not earth-shaking events, dispelling the
distortion of reality that supports distress.
Laughter connects us to others, boosting
our self-confidence and communication
skills; it releases endorphins which boosts
the immune system, and it relaxes the body
and reduces problems associated with
high blood pressure, strokes, arthritis, and
Laughter may also reduce the risk of heart
The good feeling that we get when we laugh
remains after the laughter subsides. How
can you feel angry, depressed, anxious, or
resentful and experience humour at the
Most of life is a middle ground – neither
exceptionally bright nor sad – where it is our
choice to laugh or not.
Therefore, it is up to each of us to make a
conscious choice every day to be happy.
Here are some things we can do to improve
our mood, enjoyment of life and mental
Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter
– it’s contagious.
Count your blessings. The simple act of
considering the good things in your life will
change your perspective.
Visualise a humorous alternative to an
When you hear laughter, move toward
it. Mostly people are very happy to
share something funny, it gives them an
opportunity to laugh again, to feed off the
humour you find in it.
View your life in context. Life is a
continuum, change is always imminent. As
Little Orphan Annie says: “The sun will come
Be less serious. Being overly serious about
life weighs you down.
Deal with your stress. Stress is a major
impediment to humour and laughter.
Play. Nurture your inner child. Children
laugh more than 300 times a day, whereas
adults laugh only 15 times.
"I am thankful for laughter, except
when milk comes out of my nose."
Winning ways to mental wellbeing
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