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Stretch, Focus & Relax, with Anna Filliol

We hope you enjoy Carers NZ's Stretch, Focus & Relax series of wellbeing exercises. 

Watch one, or watch them all! 

Made by meditation expert Anna Filliol and Wellington-based film maker Ro Tierney, Stretch, Focus & Relax complements our 15 minute Strength for Life programme. 

Both programmes are designed for family carers, but will help anyone who wants to look and feel better!

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Time for You!

If life is stressful due to health or disability needs, or supporting someone else, self-care is vital, says Louise Inglis.

My days are busy and often stressful, and usually I enjoy exercise alone as an opportunity to think or clear my mind.

While caring for my disabled son has many rewarding moments, it can also be physically demanding, emotionally

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Strength: Video Collection

Introducing the Strength for Life Video Series

Strength for Life: Your 15 Minute Strength-Building Exercise Programme!


Strength for Life: Horizontal Extensions


Strength for Life: The Bent Row

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CALM – Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind

The University of Auckland have created CALM - a great website which can be used as a motivational tool for students struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationships and other factors that can contribute to poor study practices. 

Sections in the website include:

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ActiveWellness: Winter … A Time For Home!

Don't let gloomy days and cold weather get you down this year. Plan for fun, companionship, outings, and maybe a new hobby! By Katherine Findlay

There’s not a lot of romance in a New Zealand winter. Comparatively few of us wake up to the gentle pitter of snowflakes on the window pane. It’s more likely to be the sound of rain – again. Fifty shades of grey skies and a general aura of dampness and drabness, punctuated by an occasional watery sun.

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Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People

GuidelinesPhysicalActivityThe Ministry of Health's Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People are designed to help New Zealanders aged 65 years and over live longer and healthier lives. 

The document gives the following five key recommendations:

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Safe Lifts + Transfers at Home


Safe moves and transfers, with physiotherapist Ellen van Dijken.

Caring for others comes with its share of hard work. This can involve physical work like transferring, pulling, pushing wheelchairs, carrying, and lifting. If not done properly, there can be risks for those being moved and their supporters. Injuries can be sustained easily. Some happen suddenly, like a fall, while others, like strains, can develop gradually.

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ActiveWellness: Child's Play

Ellen van Dijken, regular ActiveWellness columnist and public health physiotherapist, suggests low or no cost ways to stay fit, and feel better! 

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How Carers NZ can help

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