Maori culture has a "whole person" view on how to look after your self. This means that paying attention to all of the key aspects of your life is important. This includes caring for your soul, body, mind and whanau (family). Each of these is really important and balance is achieved when each dimension is in order. Its best explained using Te Tapa Wha model:

Te Taha Wairua This is your spiritual wellbeing. It is about acknowledging who you are, what you believe in, where you have come from, and may be displayed in the form of Karakia or prayer.

Te Taha Hinengaro This is to do with the wellbeing of your mind and emotions. Everyday stress and pressure can have an impact on how well you feel in this area. Using some of the ideas on the previous page can help you to keep on top of things.


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