World Mental Health Day
The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.
Saturday 10th October marks World Mental Health Day, and there’s never been more of a need to check in on our loved ones, or even reaching out to a stranger- alongside making sure you set aside time for ‘you’. In this blog, we look at the small ways you can make a big difference.
It’s the little things
Have you ever heard someone say to you, ‘you’ve made my day?’ It doesn’t need to be anything elaborate; from a kind word on a post-it note in the office, to telling a stranger how nice they look, these little things can make all the difference and positively effect someone’s day. It may be a small act of kindness, but don’t underestimate the impact you can have.
Switch up the compliments
There’s plenty of meaningful compliments you can give someone beyond appearance. Here are a few examples:
- You have such a kind heart
- You’re so insightful
- Your passion amazes me
- I really appreciate you
- You inspire me to be a better person
- I’m so proud of you
- You’re a great friend
- Your energy lights up the room
Sometimes, life can get on top of us and we might be less likely to reach out to a friend. Make it clear you’re always there for someone by sending a quick text, email or even a letter to your loved ones. They’ll really appreciate this gesture and might even open up to you about something that’s been bothering them- or maybe they will just fancy a good rant with a cup of tea!
It should go without saying, but often when life gets busy or stressful, we forget to take time for ourselves. It’s simple… Ask yourself- what do you enjoy doing? And set aside some time to do those things. Whether it’s reading, painting, running, practicing yoga, reconnecting with friends, singing, dancing or gardening, set aside an hour every day to catch up on the things you love.
It can sometimes feel overwhelming to eat well, exercise, meditate, and do all of the other things which can positively effect mental wellbeing- but even if you do one of those things a day, you might start to see a big difference.
If all else fails, run a hot bath, light some candles put on a face mask and let your worries melt away before you go to sleep. Ahhhhh.
For more inspiration, read our blog on how to be kind to yourself, here.
Always be gentle with yourself and kind to others, because we’re all in this together.
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