Add a Māori Touch to Your Routine on World Mental Health Day

Add a Māori Touch to Your Daily Routine on World Mental Health Day

Sate your wanderlust with the sights and sounds of New Zealand.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’re all feeling the pressures of balancing our priorities at home, work, and school. On 10 Oct 2021, the annual celebration of World Mental Health Day reminds us to step back from our busy schedules and dedicate a moment to ourselves. 

This Sunday, take a page from the Māori concept of Te Whare Tapa Whā, which teaches the importance of physical, spiritual, family, and mental health. All of these are integral to maintain balance in life. 

To commemorate World Mental Health Day this year, Tourism New Zealand has put together a list of ways to weave this Māori concept into our everyday routines, from listening to calming soundscapes to enjoying a comforting meal. 

1. Meditate with the 100% Pure Zealand Mindful Journeys playlist on Spotify 

Add a Māori Touch to Your Daily Routine on World Mental Health Day

Disconnect from your stresses and calm your mind through soundscapes of New Zealand’s natural wonders such as native birdsong and the ocean, from the Far North and Rotorua to Canterbury Plains. You’ll only need 10 minutes tops to recharge for the day ahead. 

2. Strengthen the mind and body with a Māori inspired virtual yoga session 

Add a Māori Touch to Your Daily Routine on World Mental Health Day

Celebrated yoga teacher Taane Mete weaves Māori values into his classes anchored on whenua (land) that keep us grounded to manaaki (support) that lift us up. Check out his virtual IGTV classes for free on his Instagram at @taane_mete.

3. Have a comforting Kiwi meal at home with loved ones

A simple, warm meal can do wonders, and New Zealand cuisine has well-loved options that can nourish the body and the soul, especially when enjoyed with friends and family. Easy-to-whip-up meals such as Crumbled Hoki Fillet and Mince and Cheese Pie from retailers like Kiwi Kitchen offer comfort and convenience. If you have a sweet tooth, why not enjoy a light and refreshing classic Kiwi Pavlova for dessert? 

4. Elevate your skin and beauty routine at home 

Pamper yourself with high-quality skincare and beauty products from Wild Ferns and Antipodes, available from retailers like Guardian. Proudly from New Zealand, these brands feature natural ingredients derived from New Zealand’s unique landscapes. 

Add a Māori Touch to Your Daily Routine on World Mental Health Day

Their wide selection of products is sure to give your skin some TLC. Freshen up from your day with Wild Ferns Face Mask with Aloe Vera & Cucumber, featuring mineral-rich geothermal mud from Rotorua. Give your skin a boost of hydration with AntipodesJoyful Hand & Body Cream

5. Wind down with a glass of wine from New Zealand

Did you know that Pinot Noir is New Zealand’s second-largest overall export? Savour the moment and treat yourself with indulgent wines from New Zealand’s famous wineries such as The Grayling WinesOyster Bay Wines and the award-winning Akarua, available in Singapore from retailers like Kiwi Kitchen.

For more information, visit Tourism New Zealand’s official website.

Information extracted from a press release issued by AKA Asia for Tourism New Zealand.

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Tourism New Zealand is the organisation responsible for marketing New Zealand to the world as a tourist destination. The major tool we use to do this is the 100% Pure New Zealand marketing campaign, a campaign that has evolved over the past 16 years to make New Zealand one of the world's most well-respected tourism brands. International tourism has grown to become New Zealand's second largest earner of foreign exchange, pumping around NZD11.8 billion annually into the nation's economy. Almost 3.06 million visitors arrive in the country every year.