SELFCARE

World Mental Health Day 2020

Let’s face it this year has been tough on everyone. We have had to deal with a world pandemic which has stopped us from seeing our family and friends, going to work, and eating out at our favourite restaurants. It has made a huge impact on how we live our day to lives, so it is no surprise that it has also affected our mental wellbeing.

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

The theme of this World Mental Health Day is ‘Mental Health for All.’ The theme concentrates on the mental health consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result, how there needs to be greater investment and greater access to the mental health services.

“Mental health is a human right – it’s time that mental health is available for all” Dr Ingrid Daniels. President: World Federation for Mental Health

5 Steps to Help Improve Mental Wellbeing

Here at Fanola UK, mental health is a subject we care about greatly. We know how important it is to talk about mental health to help remove the stigma attached to it. Your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health so, it’s time to stop neglecting how you are feeling. We have put together 5 ways we take care of our mental wellbeing.

  1. Talk to someone you trust

A problem shared is a problem halved, so why not invite your friend round for a cup of tea and catch-up. Talking to someone about your worries or problems can feel like a weight has lifted from your shoulders. They can support you with whatever it is that you are going through and can suggest ways for you to move forward. However, if you feel like there is no one you feel comfortable talking to head to the bottom of this post for support helplines.

2. Selfcare

It is important that if you aren’t feeling like your usual self, you take some time out for self-care. Selfcare comes in many different forms and involves anything that makes you feel happy. Saying no to plans and opting for an early night is one way you can put yourself first and recharge your batteries. For example, run yourself a bubble bath, light your favourite scented candle, and pop on a hair mask for the ultimate TLC.

 

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It’s important you take the time to look after your mental health 💚 What’s on your self care plan?

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3. Get out of the house

Are you feeling, like you’re stuck in a rut and you have had enough of Netflix? Then it’s time to head outside and get some fresh air. A gentle walk outside will help you to clear your head and, a change of scenery can improve your mood. Even better, you could go for a gentle jog or head to the gym. After all, endorphins from exercise make you feel great.

 

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4. Social Media detox

Although social media is amazing in so many ways, it can also be a trigger for your mental health. Therefore, taking a day off your social media platforms can make a difference. For instance, sometimes when we are scrolling through Instagram we can’t help but compare our lives, looks, and things to other peoples, this can be a major hit for our self-confidence. Another thing to consider is unfollowing accounts that make you feel bad about yourself and following more positive accounts. Here are a few of our favourites:

 

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1. SLEEP⁣ ⁣ Sometimes, we just need to recharge. Take a nap or get into bed early. You are likely to wake up with more clarity. If overthinking is distracting your sleep, keep reading.⁣ ⁣ 2. MEDITATE⁣ ⁣ Meditation allows you to observe thoughts patterns without judgment so that you can change them with empowerment. You can also listen to Binaural Beats for immediate effects. Try a sound at 432Hz that induces a deep theta state (see my YouTube channel). You can use it as a sleeping aid too.⁣ ⁣ 3. DO A FUN ACTIVITY⁣ ⁣ Get your vibration high and keep yourself occupied. Ideally, do something that will keep you active like dancing or walking in nature with a pet. Or, do something creative which you enjoy, like art.⁣ ⁣ 4. TAKE DEEP BREATHS⁣ ⁣ Try to inhale for 4 seconds, hold for another 4 and then exhale for 8 seconds. Your brain can become overstimulated, and we need to calm things down by tricking the nervous system.⁣ ⁣ 5. CHILL WITH A GOOD FRIEND⁣ ⁣ Surround yourself with those whose company you enjoy. A distraction that brings good vibes is sometimes all we need, and that’s often in the form of a friend.⁣ ⁣ 6. STAY IN THE PRESENT MOMENT⁣ ⁣ Escape your imagination and live in the now. Do this using the 5-4-3-2-1 grounding technique. Describe 5 things you see in the room, name 4 things you can feel, describe 3 things you can hear, name 2 things you can smell and name 1 thing you can taste.⁣ ⁣ 7. ASK YOURSELF IF YOU CAN CHANGE IT⁣ ⁣ Ask the question. If you can, go and change it. If you can’t, accept it and change your perception of it. Find the bright side.⁣ ⁣ 8. THINK OF THINGS YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR⁣ ⁣ This will not only keep your mind focused on something else; it will also encourage a positive state. Try and name at least 10 things.⁣ ⁣ 9. OBSERVE EACH THOUGHT AND LET IT GO⁣ ⁣ Your thoughts aren’t you because you’re the one observing them. The observer can’t be the observed. So, sit in the seat of consciousness as the observer and watch your thoughts pass by. Give them a mental wave.⁣ ⁣ 10. REMEMBER THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS⁣ ⁣ Where our attention goes, energy flows. And where energy flows, things grow. Try to focus on the wanted; not the unwanted.⁣ ⁣ #VexKing

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5. Laughter is the best medicine

When you laugh, endorphins are released in the brain just like when you exercise. So if you have a bad day get wrapped up in a blanket and put on your favourite comedy or sitcom. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Bridesmaids
  • The Office USA
  • Stepbrothers
  • South Park
  • Anchorman

Look After Yourself

Look after yourself this World Mental Health Day and every other day of the year as well. Make sure you reach out to your friends and family as you never what someone may be going through.

Support Helplines

Samaritansoffer support 24 hours a day and in complete confidence.

  • Call them for free on 116 123

Mindprovides an Infoline to answer frequently asked questions surrounding mental health.

  •  Call them on 0300 123 3393

Shout Crisis Text Line – provide support and help during a crisis.

  • Text Shout to 85258

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