The stigma surrounding mental health is slowly being broken down, so people feel more free and empowered to talk about their own mental well being. In the UK, 1 in 4 people will suffer from a form of mental illness in the next twelve months. Mental health problems are common, and yet people still don’t like opening up about them. Why is this? There is still a view within some sections of society that mental illness and talking about it is somehow weak. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mindfulness is a great method for helping to manage your mental health. Opening up, asking for help and recognising that mental illness is as real and as treatable as a physical ailment takes courage and strength. If you suffer from depression, anxiety or any other mental health issue, sometimes it’s good to get away from it all and change your entire mindset. That is why a mindfulness change is as good as a rest.
When we feel stuck in a rut, doing the same job for eight hours a day, five days a week and our routine is monotonous, stressful and frustrating, our mental well being can suffer. Take the holiday you are owed from work and go and see the world. Explore new cities, set foot on new terrain, meet new people and immerse yourself in new cultures. Seeing how other people live and becoming a part of a new community can make you appreciate your own life, what you have and the people around you. Venturing off alone for a spot of solo travel allows you to experience the ultimate period of reflection to unwind, think about something totally different for a little while and recharge your batteries.
Sometimes we are troubled by an underlying cause of our mental illness. If you suffer from any sort of addiction, now might be the right time to research your local rehab clinic and consider the treatment they have on offer. By overcoming your demons, you stand a much greater chance of being able to tackle your mental health problems in a more proactive and confident way in the future.
Other activities such as yoga, Pilates, and mindfulness can help you address your anxieties and overcome challenging situations. Learning how to breathe more purposefully, eat better and head outdoors more often can help you change your frame of mind to a more positive way of thinking.
Break the monotony by doing something new. If you want to learn the piano, find a teacher. If you want to try out a new team sport, go to your local club for a taster session. If you fancy jumping out of a plane, consider signing up to that charity skydive. Whatever it is you want to achieve, you can. You simply need to be proactive and look for opportunities.
Our mental well being shouldn’t be neglected, and we should feel empowered to talk about our problems. By doing so, you will be taking the first and most important step to improve your mental health.