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Welcome Back to Mental Health Awareness Week

Over the course of this week (Mental Health Awareness Week) we have been sharing some tips on managing your mental wellbeing across our social media feeds.

We thought it would be useful to add them all here as a post as well, so that you can see them all in one place and come back to them as and when you might need. This is not an exhaustive list, but we hope that it will help give you some useful tools to help you take control of your mental health and navigate potential challenges you may come across in your everyday life.

But, don’t feel you have to force yourself to try and do things that don’t work for you, you know yourself best, use our suggestions as a starting point, adapt them to suit your needs and your life. Just remember that whatever you do, and however you feel, there are always people who can help if you need it… you are not alone.

    You Are Not Alone.
    5 Things that Might Help if You’re Feeling Lonely

  • Write down your thoughts and feelings
  • Go for a walk and connect with nature.
  • Do something (no matter how small) that makes you feel you’ve achieved something.
  • Treat yourself to a little gift (be kind to yourself – you deserve it)
  • Join a group based on an interest – there are people who’d love to connect with you – give them the chance!
    Your feelings are valid
    5 Things that Might Help if You’re Feeling Anxious

  • Listen to your favourite music
  • Take some deep breaths (for as long as you need)
  • Focus on a puzzle or a good book
  • Try an at home workout and boost those endorphins
  • Call a friend or family member and share your feelings
    It's OK to ask for help
    5 Things that Might Help if You’re Feeling Stressed

  • Take a break from from the media (social or otherwise)
  • Run a hot bath or shower and take time to enjoy it properly!
  • Head outside and get some fresh air (rain or shine it can help)
  • Put on some music, turn it up and have a dance
  • Let someone know how you feel, you don’t have to cope on your own.
    You are enough
    5 Things that Might Help if You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

  • Take some time out and do something just for you.
  • Make yourself a lovely cup of tea
  • Try to get a good night’s sleep (a rested brain is a happier brain)
  • De-clutter your desk space or a kitchen cupboard, it really can help to declutter your mind too!
  • Ask for help, it’s not a sign of weakness, everyone needs a hand occasionally
    You deserve happiness
    5 Things that Might Help if You’re Feeling Low

  • Remind yourself that no feeling lasts forever
  • Settle down with an uplifting or light-hearted film or TV show
  • Eat good, wholesome food – proper nutrition really can help your mental health
  • Be gentle with yourself – you deserve just as much care as you’d give anyone else
  • Remember you’re not alone – friends, family, professionals, there is always someone you can reach out to.

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We hope you find our tips helpful and we hope that we’ve helped raise a little more awareness this Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s so important that we look after ourselves, and each other, in this increasingly fast moving, stressful and ever changing world, so take care of yourselves, breathe deeply and try to remember to both accept and offer help where needed. We can all do our bit to combat loneliness and stay connected.