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Mainly for men
The European summer catwalks heavily featured male fashion that had colour schemes straight off the desert savannah: muted orange, tans, earthy browns and grassland-green. Tees were mainly V neck and denim was everywhere, but then when did it ever go away? Denim-on-denim strutted its stuff, as did the trench coat. The trench should never go out of style and is light and versatile. It suits most weather conditions and has variable lengths and looks great big and baggy.
If you’re able to this summer, invest in natural fibres such as linen and cotton that are breathable, and a top quality leather loafer or boat shoe. There are also canvas sneakers and pool slides for every budget.
Self-care, or taking positive steps to improve your wellbeing and minimise stress, is an important priority in our busy lives. Three aspects of self-care are:
Mental health: practicing mindfulness, meditation or yoga has been shown to have a positive effect by lowering blood pressure, calming the heart rate and allowing a focus upon the breath. These practices can also be carried out at home, which may make it easier to prioritise them in a busy schedule.
Physical health: 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise has proved to be beneficial. Staying hydrated during the day and eating a healthy diet with occasional treats is another key to wellbeing.
Emotional health: Protect your personal time and reach out to others, valuing your relationships. “He aha te mea nui? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people”.
Other useful sites include: https://menshealthweek.co.nz/mental-health2/ Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. The Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions). Youthline: 0800 376 633, free text 234, email firstname.lastname@example.org or online chat at https://www.youthline.co.nz/web-chat-counselling.html. The Lowdown: Text 5626 for support to help young people recognise and understand depression or anxiety. The Alcohol Drug Helpline: 0800 787 797.