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Source: Auckland Council

As last year showed us, being in lockdown for an extended time can take a toll on our mental wellbeing. But there are opportunities to learn some new skills for lifting our spirits while we are at home.

Mindfulness, good sleep, healthy eating and breathing exercises are great to use and there are plenty of resources out there. Getting started can be the biggest hurdle, so here are some ways that we can take that first step.

Keeping mindful during lockdown

Work on your sleep, mindfullness and wellbeing with videos and online learning to help you withstand lockdown and come out stronger.

Find out more.

Unwind for mental wellbeing

Being in lockdown can make us all feel anxious and stressed. The constant reminders of the COVID-19 pandemic can overwhelm us all. But one of the best things for us to do is to be kind to ourselves and simply unwind.

Auckland Council Libraries has a wide range of up to date and free books, magazines, newspapers and podcasts to explor, as well as film and documentary streaming options. Plus we have online puzzles and jigsaws to solve for some relaxing downtime.

Browse the collection.

Let your creativity flow

Getting creative is a great way to keep your mental health strong and resilient during challenging times like a lockdown.

Whether you’re doing some craftwork like knitting or embroidery, reading, writing, adult colouring, painting, gardening, or baking, there are plenty of ways to express your creativity.

Take a look at our tips to help you get started.