This week’s GOFISH blog is brought to you by our David Baker Foundation Board Member, Emma Roberts
Five tips to safeguard your mental wellbeing
Although the lockdown is beginning to ease in some parts of the country with positive images of grandparents being able to hold their grandchildren for the first time in many weeks; in these unprecedented times, it’s sometimes hard to retain perspective. For some isolation has taken, and continues to, take its toll – it is more important than ever to safeguard our mental wellbeing.
There are five small things I’ve tried to adopt during these times that I believe have helped me to feel more positive and get the most out of this period of uncertainty:
– STAY ACTIVE – maintaining a healthy lifestyle, with a proper diet, sleep and exercise is not only great for your physical health but by setting yourself small challenges and achieving them can be a valuable boost for your mental wellbeing. Find free activities that you enjoy such as walking around your local area, taking in the sights and make them part of your daily life. It’s a lot easier to be active when you enjoy it and this all goes to raising your self-esteem.
– STAY CONNECTED – maintaining those positive social relationships, no matter the medium, are important. They provide emotional support when you need it the most, allowing you to support others too. They build a sense of belonging and give the opportunity to share experiences, so take time out each day to reach out to your family and friends – a simple “how are you?” can mean the world to someone.
– BE MINDFUL – paying attention to the present moment – including your thoughts, feelings, body, and the world, otherwise known as mindfulness, is important to a person’s mental wellbeing. By taking stock of what is around you and focussing on the little “wins”, practicing mindfulness can help you understand yourself better and get more out of life. It can positively change the way you feel about situations and how you overcome challenges. There are a number of activities that you can undertake to be mindful – see https://www.nhs.uk/
– KEEP LEARNING – even if you feel you don’t have enough time, there are plenty of ways to bring learning into your day. From learning to cook something new or working on a DIY project to rekindling the love you had for a past hobby. Similarly, to keeping active, find activities that you enjoy and bring them into your life. Helping you build a sense of purpose – intellectual stimulation does wonders.
– BE KIND – kindness and the power of giving, no matter how little, goes a long way. By creating positive feelings and a sense of reward; small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in the community are invaluable.
How do you keep your mental wellbeing? Share your tips and tricks with us.
For more information on how to safeguard your mental health visit Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/