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Mental Health Awareness Week Tips

How to keep your head during lockdown

These are uncertain times for us all, and now, more than ever it’s important that we all keep a look out for ourselves, our loved ones and those around us.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so we thought we would come up with a few ideas to help yourself, and each other, throughout this time.

Meditate:

It’s amazing how just taking out five minutes of your day to put away your screens and turn off your TV and focus on your breathing, can mentally prepare you for whatever the day has in store for you.
There are plenty of great Apps which can help you do this, including Mindfulness and Meditation App that are easy to download.
We have also put together a video on the best way to do this, here:

‘Share’ a Cuppa:

While we would all love to pop over to a close friends or family's house to enjoy a brew in their kitchen and have a good old natter, this isn’t an option for any of us at the moment. So, the next best thing could be either picking up an extra box of tea or coffee on your weekly shop and dropping it round at theirs as a surprise if they live close, or organising a time when you can FaceTime, Zoom call or Skype each other just after you have put that kettle on. Being able to see each other during these times, even if it’s through a screen, is so important for us all so you can really assess each other's mood and properly ‘check up’ on them.

Get some fresh air:

Now the lockdown restrictions have been relaxed slightly, it’s now more important more than ever to make sure you get some fresh air in your lungs during the day - and especially now summer is on its way.
You don’t need to walk far and it doesn’t have to be too strenuous, but getting that change of scenery and stretching those legs will get the body and mind moving.

Try a little bit of exercise:

Exercise isn’t just about losing weight - it’s also about feeling happy. Exercise has been proven to regulate stress and anxiety. It can also increase brain sensitivity for the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression.
Additionally, exercise can increase the production of endorphins, which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain.
We have been very lucky to have two of our members record some workouts for us, for both the fit and healthy, and for the elderly. You can see them here:

And if it does get a little too much for you:

There are many people out there who can help or listen.

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/

The Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/

Women’s Aid: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

Childline: https://www.childline.org.uk/

The NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

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