Add into this picture the latest challenges imposed on our lifestyles from Covid-19, and it’s not hard to understand why 1 in 5 of adults in the UK have said that they feel helpless from the impact of this global pandemic.
Now, more than ever, it is absolutely crucial to take care of our own mental health as well as others. Fortunately, there are many ways to combat the darker days and Covid-related blues. Being aware of what is going on around us and how it affects us, is the first step on the route to positive mental wellbeing. The next is to embrace ways to control these pressures.
Here are five top areas to consider for offering a mood-boosting tonic. What works for one isn’t guaranteed to be the ‘answer’ for another – however, finding a mix that works for you is definitely achievable.
Start talking. Connecting with others is proven to help create positive mental wellbeing and with so many video chat apps at our fingertips, it is so easy to connect and chat with others. Use technology to engage and open up about “taboo” subjects such as your fears, and anxieties. You may be surprised how many non-judgemental, understanding ears are out there.
Get activated. When we are low it’s all too easy to hide away under the covers, get sucked up in screens and remain there stagnantly until the day is over. However, getting up regularly to do some form of exercise is a sure-fire way to release some much-needed endorphins. Make sure you set regular breaks throughout the day for some valuable me time. With many of us now working from home, this is so important to stop every day becoming just one long workathon.
Stay positive. It is so easy to quickly fall into the trap of being completely fixated on the negatives of everyday life. Letting the doom and gloom of the media dominate your day is not healthy. Limiting your exposure will allow you to filter out the noise, allowing you to pick up on the core messages and focus on the positives.
Be creative. Being creative is a brilliant way to help the mind escape. Whether it’s cooking, drawing, painting, decorating, writing or crafting – setting aside time in the day to do something that feels freeing is a simple but effective way to boost your mood.
Do reflect. Regularly check in with yourself and take time to reflect and absorb on what is happening around you every day. There are many apps available that offer the ability to take a few minutes out to reflect or meditate aided by an appropriately matched music track to help. Simply sitting in silence whilst practising deep breathing is also a great liberating and empowering experience.
At Saville Group we actively engage and support mental wellbeing through a strong team of caring Mental Health First Aiders.