Nurture your mental wellbeing with these 5 top tips:
1) Connect ❤️
Humans are social by nature, which means social distancing and self isolation, are likely to be challenging.
Fortunately, there are ways that we can connect while continuing to adhere to physical distancing measures. For example, we can write letters to elderly relatives, phone or videophone our friends; and we can connect with people in our community by doing things like displaying a painted rainbow in your window for passing children to spot.
Try to use the lockdown as an opportunity to strengthen the relationship you have with your family. Why not organise fun things to do with your family – such as picnics, movie nights, and game tournaments.
2) Be Active 💙
As well as keeping us physically fit, exercise is a natural mood booster because it encourages our body to release feel-good chemicals called endorphins.
In addition to this, exercise increases serotonin and reduces the affect of stress on the brain. This allows you to feel happier, more relaxed, and better able to sleep.
3) Take Notice 💚
Try to guide your mind into the present moment whenever possible (rather than worrying about the past, or projecting into the future).
To help you to do this, take a couple of slow breaths in and out, and then proceed by paying attention to your five senses. For example, when you step outdoors ‘feel’ the breeze on your skin, ‘see’ the blossom on trees, ‘hear’ the birds singing, ‘smell’ fresh lavender, and ‘taste’ your garden herbs.
A further step, is to take notice of yourself. Do this by posing the question “How am I feeling?” and as you pause to listen for an answer, discover your innermost thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations.
When doing this, treat yourself with compassion and remember that it’s okay not to be okay. If you need to, please do reach out for help.
4) Keep Learning 🧡
There are many good things happening online at the moment, including live videos, digital workshops, and online courses. It’s worth taking advantage of these because learning is a great way to boost mental wellbeing.
An additional benefit is that by applying your mind through learning, you’ll be less inclined to suppress boredom by reading negative news stories and wasting time on social media.
5) Give 💜
Those of you who took part in the fantastic Clap For Carers initiative will now understand how giving to others, results in us feeling good in return.
Some ways that you can make a positive difference by giving include:
•helping a local business that has been forced to close temporarily by purchasing a gift voucher to spend at a later date, or writing a review
•donating money to charity
•dropping a note through an elderly neighbour’s door to check if they need anything
•smiling at a stranger
•treating yourself to a bubble bath…(this can be classed as giving yourself crucial ‘self care’).
If you need any mental health support, please contact Rebecca at CounsellingKind on: