With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to have an impact around the world we really need to be paying attention to our wellbeing. Today is World Mental Health day which is perhaps just a reminder of that fact.
Reported rates of mental health problems are increasing, and that’s what is actually reported. If you are struggling please do reach out, whether that’s to a friend, a professional or by calling a helpline.
For me World Mental Health day doesn’t have to be about problems – we all have mental health – just as we have physical health. There are steps we can take to care for our mental health (just as we would do things to stay physically well), which might be more important than ever.
Eating well, physical activity and good sleep are all important for our wellbeing. It is also important to make sure that our time is divided between work, play and relaxation.
Try to make sure each day you do something that gives you a sense of achievement, something that connects you with others and something you enjoy. With the current restrictions it can be hard to do some of these things, at least in the ways we did them before. However, if your mood is currently a 2/10 then we aren’t necessarily trying to make it a 8/10 right now. Just starting with focussing on small changes that will make it 3/10 is still going to feel better.
Feel free to share in the comments any ideas for what helps you to stay mentally well