B.I.T.T. Services top tips for Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week (2019) is taking place across the UK from 13th-19th May, talking about the problems and stigmas around and diagnosing mental health issues. This year’s theme is “Body image”. 1 in 8 adults surveyed by the Mental Health Foundation felt suicidal because they felt so unhappy with how they looked.
Here at B.I.T.T. Services we wanted to write an informative blog that gives people the confidence to address any mental health concerns that they might have. Poor mental health is something anyone can suffer from at any time. Some of the triggers include a relationship break down, a bereavement, a loss of a job or exams. There’s no shame in it, as it’s what makes us human. Therefore it’s important that we all take some time out for a little bit of self-care.
Take a look at our top tips:
- Start with resting, it’s okay to take a break from the things that are causing you stress.
- Get fresh air and plenty of vitamin D.
- Exercise; even a brisk walk can be beneficial.
- Socialise, a catch-up with a close pal can sometimes be all we need to lift our spirits. Choose someone that you know has a positive impact on your thinking.
- Have a detox: caffeine, alcohol, processed foods can all have detrimental effects on our mood.
- Drink lots of water – it cleanses and helps cognition.
- Watch a comedy box set or movie that you know will cheer you up. Laughter is therapy.
- Make a list of things that ALWAYS make you feel good and try doing one thing from that list each day for a week.
- Listen to up-beat music, have a good old sing-along, it will raise those positive vibrations.
- Meditate, pray or sit in silence for as little as 5-10 minutes every morning. Use the time to set your intentions for the day. In the evening do the same, reflect on the good parts of the day, let the bad stuff go and think about something positive you can anticipate for tomorrow (even if it’s simply coming home for a nice dinner and that box set, it’s something to look forward to).
There are a range of resources available to help you cope with stress, anxiety, depression or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life. So, take a look at the Mental Health Foundation’s dedicated website or for further recommendations get in touch, we’d love to hear from you and see how we can help.
Most importantly, don’t forget to use this year’s campaign hashtag to get involved, #BeBodyKind.