Experiencing a mental health problem can be confusing and scary, but FEAR NOT, you are not alone. As October is Mental Health Month, we’ve put together some simple ways to improve a positive head space and leave you feeling full of goodness all day, every day.
The power of nature
The business of life can often get in the way of looking after yourself. Increasingly, we have less and less ‘chill time’ and even less time is spent outdoors. Try making small changes to your daily routine to ensure you spend at least one hour outside every day, even just to appreciate how DAMN GOOD nature is. Spending time in the fresh air will not only help you sleep better (and getting a good nights sleep has got to be the best. thing. ever.), but it also enhances endorphins to leave you feeling more positive. Try to ditch your car keys or tube ticket for a brisk walk to work across town; ensure you down tools at lunch time (make time to take your lunch break) and take a real break in the fresh air; or maybe you could try an al-fresco gym session in the garden or in the park before dinner. We can guarantee you’ll feel better for it.
Take a technology break
As for technology, the world has gone mad. So much of our time is spent looking at a screen at work or comparing our lives to others on our phone through social media. It’s unhealthy, and certainly not good for our mental health. Why not use your hour of fresh air to take a break from technology too? Social media especially can leave us with feelings of anxiety, loneliness or even just plain FOMO, so finding a moment to take a ‘tech time out’ will do you the world of good. Trust us.
Healthy body, healthy mind
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. So, let’s treat our bodies as the temples they are. Don’t get freaked out by the cost of a gym membership or the feel obliged to take on a (stupid) diet – just make some simple changes to your daily routine. For starters, try reducing your sugar and alcohol intake (high causers of depression); even just cutting down on the amount of sugar you put in your tea, or heading home before that last drink at the pub, will have a HUGELY encouraging effect on your mental wellbeing. Simple.
Remember, whatever changes you decide to make, do it for you and you only. Because you are great.