It is All Right to express ourselves
A pack of coloured IT’S ALL RIGHT postcards landed on my work desk a while ago, and I love the way I feel when I flip through them.
I have them spread out in front of me now, as I write, fanned like a Tarot spread. Each has a phrase that reflects current thoughts and feelings generated by Cantabrians since our world turned topsy turvy in the aftermath of the numerous Christchurch earthquakes.
So much has changed – buildings, landscapes and most of all, people. We all have something to offer, hence the birth of All Right?
What is All Right?
- It is a social marketing campaign designed to help us think about our mental health and well being
- It’s about helping people realise that they’re not alone, encouraging them to connect with others, and supporting them to boost their well being
- It is about ensuring well being is at the heart of our recovery
Who is behind All Right?
All Right? is a Healthy Christchurch project that is being led by the Mental Health Foundation and the Canterbury District Health Board, helped and supported by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Development and SKIP, and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.
The ALL RIGHT postcards have a statement on the front, and some suggestions on the back to help us generate ideas on how we can respond to the feelings we have named. Today, these are the ones that ‘speak to me’, telling me it is ALL RIGHT to feel the way I do!
IT’S ALL RIGHT TO FEEL OVERWHELMED SOME DAYS
Everyone has good days, and then others that are more challenging. At times it can be hard to deal with all the challenges that come our way. When feeling overwhelmed, know that it’s all right, and remember to build on what is going well, and release the things that are holding you back.
Think of something you have always wanted to learn or do, and feel all right to give it a go. Learning new things is a proven way to help us feel good. Commit to doing something active once a week with a friend or family member. Go for a walk, a run or a bike ride and be kind to your body.
What are the things YOU could do to feel All Right, when it all feels a bit much?
Taking time to notice helps us to feel All is Right in our World
It’s All Right to get caught up in a wondrous moment
IT’S ALL RIGHT TO FEEL LUCKY
Our hope for our future is vital for the recovery of our city, and for ourselves. How can we instill the feeling that it’s all right to feel positive? How can we become more actively involved in the things that excite us?
By giving something to someone else, no matter how small, we can help to restore their optimism. We could volunteer our time and energy. This also helps us to make a real difference and connect with new people, which is all right too.
What things could you do to give something back, without concern for the rewards?
While we are feeling in a positive place, we could be encouraged to consider who else could also benefit from us feeling All Right. We could check on our friends and neighbours and offer to lend a hand in small ways. Everyone appreciates a little help, and giving to others makes us feel good too.
Practice mindfulness – sit quietly in a busy place and notice the people, sounds and smells that remind us to savour the moment and reflect on All that is Right in our world.
What things can YOU do to share the Good Stuff that you are feeling?
For more information and ideas visit: www.allright.org.nzShare on Facebook