It's Mental Health Awareness Week which has been hosted by the Mental Health Foundation for 21 years now. As this year's theme is about Nature we included some great things you can do to become one with Nature so read on to benefit!
Sometimes it can be nice to go with the flow, but generally, there’s a lot to be said for sticking to a structured daily routine. Routines can not only help us to form positive habits, but they can also make us feel more focused and productive. Research shows that routines play an important role in our mental health, with numerous benefits, including alleviating symptoms of bipolar disorder, insomnia and helping people to cope with stress and anxiety.
Generally, as humans, we feel more at ease when we know what to expect, or when there’s a plan in place. This is one of the reasons that so many of us have struggled throughout the pandemic when our lives have been completely turned upside down. From the way we work to the way we socialise, all sense of routine has completely disappeared. This lack of structure can contribute to stress, anxiety and even clinical depression.
Establishing a routine is a great way to take care of your mental wellbeing, especially in times of uncertainty. Everyone’s daily routine looks different, but if you’re looking for some healthy habits to add to yours, here’s what we suggest…
Not only can exercise help us to stay fit physically, but it can also help us to manage our mental health. When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, which are chemicals that trigger positive feelings in our brain and make us feel good. exercise has been shown to alleviate stress, improve self-esteem and reduce levels of anxiety and depression. So whether it's a run, cycle or walk, make sure you release some endorphins whenever you can to improve your wellbeing.
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Bring Nature to you
Gardening is great for our mental health!
It can be hard to access natural places for some of us because of the area we live in or how busy we are so even something as simple as having a plant on your desk can reduce stress and make you feel more energized. In addition, it makes us able to think more clearly, and many that suffer from anxiety or depression have found gardening and caring for plants to be incredibly beneficial.
Set realistic goals
Setting goals can help you to feel productive and like you’ve made the most of your time. Your goals don’t have to be life-changing. You could simply write a to-do list for each day with small tasks and chores that need to be completed and tick them off as you go. For example, doing your washing, paying a bill or calling the relative you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Keep a journal
Journalling is a great way to check in with yourself. There’s no right or wrong way to journal; you may want to write about something positive that happened in your day, something that’s worrying you, or your future goals. However you go about it, journaling has been found to reduce stress, make people feel happier and help them to cope with change.
Get plenty of sleep
Sleep is a crucial component in taking care of our mental health. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and gives our brains the chance to process our memories and the information it’s collected that day. Studies suggest that spending time outdoors may also improve our sleep.
Researchers found that a week of winter camping reset the body's "clock" to be more in tune with nature's light-and-dark cycle. The result was longer sleep.
The findings add to evidence that time in the sun and the dark helps people get to sleep at a decent hour. Research has also found that a lack of sleep is linked to anxiety and depression. To establish a healthy sleep routine, it’s a good idea to avoid blue light before bed, stick to a regular bedtime and aim for between seven and nine hours a night.
We’re sending everyone love and well wishes this Mental Health Awareness Week.
Love, Team Wavy Deo x