The 10th October is World Mental Health Awareness Day, a day to promote awareness and talk about mental health. It has been widely publicised that in the UK 1 in 4 of us will suffer some from kind of mental health problem every year, but what exactly does this mean?
It is an opportunity to de-stigmatise mental health, to talk and share stories in a safe environment, it is also an opportunity to check in with our own emotional health. How are you feeling right now?
Awareness that your own mental health is not in great shape, is the first step you can take to be able to fix it.
If you have felt anxious, stressed or low in the last two weeks? We ask you to try some of these simple exercises to help improve your happiness and enable you to cope better with low level emotional stress, anxiety and low moods.
1. Smile –Not only will it make you feel better it also creates positive energy around you.
2. Breathe – A few deep breaths can work wonders in calming the body and mind. Try breathing in deeply through the nose and then blow out, very gently through the mouth. Keep blowing until all your breath is expelled from your lungs. Your second and third breath in should be much deeper and easier. On your third breath out, visualise your anxiety and tension leaving your body. Do this a few times until you feel more relaxed.
3. Take a Break– Take time away from situations that cause you stress and anxiety; this could be in the workplace or at home. It will allow you a little time to calm down and review the situation. By creating distance you have space to think, question and consider changes that might help make the situation easier to cope with.
4. Share – If you are having a bad day, don’t keep it to yourself. The relief that can come from talking about your feelings can be therapeutic and liberating; helping to lift the weight from your shoulders and see things in a different way.
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself – Nobody is perfect. Nobody. Too often we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves to meet unrealistic goals. When you realise it’s ok to get things wrong.