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Mental health awareness week


Its mental health awareness week and we wanted to contribute by raising awareness of a few mental health conditions and helping people understand why mental health is extremely important to how we think, feel, and act.


We are going to give you 5 benefits of looking after your mental health, 5 ways of promoting mental health in your community, 5 common mental health conditions and how to help overcome these as well as a FREE guided meditation for general anxiety.


Here are 5 benefits of looking after your mental health:

  1. Improved overall well-being and quality of life.

  2. Enhanced resilience and ability to cope with stress.

  3. Better physical health, as mental and physical health are interconnected.

  4. Increased productivity and ability to focus on tasks.

  5. Stronger relationships and social connections with others.


Here are 5 ways of promoting positive mental health in your community:

  1. Organise educational workshops or seminars on mental health awareness.

  2. Encourage open conversations about mental health and reduce stigma.

  3. Create safe spaces for individuals to share their experiences and seek support.

  4. Promote self-care practices, such as mindfulness, exercise, and healthy coping strategies.

  5. Advocate for accessible mental health services and resources in the community.


Here are 5 mental health organisations that are FREE to us in the UK that we can access when we need support:

  1. Mind (www.mind.org.uk)

  2. Samaritans (www.samaritans.org)

  3. NHS Mental Health Services (www.nhs.uk/mental-health)

  4. Rethink Mental Illness (www.rethink.org)

  5. YoungMinds (www.youngminds.org.uk)

Here are 5 mental health conditions including 5 ways to manage each of them.


Anxiety disorders:

  • Seek therapy or counselling to learn coping strategies.

  • Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation.

  • Engage in regular exercise to reduce anxiety symptoms.

  • Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol, as they can worsen anxiety.

  • Connect with a support network of family and friends.


Depression:

  • Seek professional help from a therapist or psychiatrist.

  • Establish a daily routine and set achievable goals.

  • Engage in regular physical activity to boost mood.

  • Practice self-care activities like getting enough sleep and eating well.

  • Seek social support by reaching out to friends or joining support groups.


Bipolar disorder:

  • Work closely with a mental health professional to develop a treatment plan.

  • Take prescribed medications consistently and as directed.

  • Learn to recognise and manage early warning signs of mood episodes.

  • Maintain a stable sleep schedule and avoid excessive stress.

  • Engage in activities that promote stability, such as regular exercise.


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):

  • Explore different treatment options, including medication and therapy.

  • Develop organisational strategies to improve focus and time management.

  • Break tasks into smaller, manageable steps to reduce overwhelm.

  • Create a structured environment to minimize distractions.

  • Use tools like calendars, reminders, and timers to stay on track.


Eating disorders:

  • Seek professional help from a specialised treatment team.

  • Attend therapy sessions to address underlying emotional issues.

  • Develop a healthy and balanced approach to food and exercise.

  • Engage in self-compassion and challenge negative body image thoughts.

  • Build a strong support network and involve loved ones in the recovery process.


If you are currently feeling anxious at this moment in time, then this guided meditation for anxiety is a great way to reduce these feelings and improve your mental and physical health!


Check it out right here.




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See you all soon!


Jono


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