We know it's been a tough few weeks and you're doing great, so stay positive! We have come up with 6 feel-good top tips to keep on top of your mental health. These are ways in which you can re-connect with your family and friends, enjoy free fitness sessions, build new skills and more.
1. Use Technology to Stay in Touch:
It's really important to make the most of technology to stay in to touch with friends and family. Video-chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are useful, especially if you live far apart, you could arrange to listen to music, cook something together or simply have a cup of tea and a chat. But one thing we do recommend is switching off your technology in the evening, ideally before 9pm so you can let your body rest and have a more comfortable sleep. Believe it or not, if you use technology in the evening before you sleep, your brain will still be processing the information. This means you are going to wake up more tired. - So put down your phone and get stuck into a book!
2. Be Active:
Probably one of the most important feel good tips! Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness, it can also improve your mental wellbeing as the chemical changes in your brain can help to positively change your mood. Get stuck into some of our best recommended exercise sessions and tips:
Beginners fitness sessions with Joe Wicks: https://youtu.be/bSXr6V9q6rM
Couch to 5K running: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/free-fitness-ideas/?tabname=couch-to-5k
3. Take Notice:
You may be a bit unfamiliar to mindfulness, if that's the case - don't rule it out. Because it might just open your eyes to ways in which you can really help to reduce anxiety and depression at home. Mindfulness meditation can help reduce anxiety and fear, the links below are guided mindfulness meditation videos that you can use daily, depending on your time you can choose from 5, 10 or 15 minutes
- 5 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmFUDkj1Aq0
- 10 minutes: https://youtu.be/L5tkqaKiryE
- 15 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT_ZvD94_kE
Even just going for a walk can really help, if you have a dog this can be invaluable!4. Keep Learning:
Learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by boosting your self-confidence and helping to connect with others, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life:
If you have an interest in IT why not try coding?
Photography can be a fantastic way of helping you enjoy the outdoors safely.
Listening to podcasts can also be great, loads of celebrities do podcasts relating to mental health too including Fearne Cotton.
5. Make Music
Playing or making music is one of the best ways to get rid of stress and get your creative juices flowing. You might not have access to musical instruments, but there are plenty of free apps that let you mess around with music production, like Garageband and Groovebox (some more examples here). You might already be a musical genius, in which case, why not write some songs, or teach someone in your house how to read music?6. Give to others
Helping others naturally makes us feel good as humans, maybe you know someone who is struggling too? Check out some ways you can help.
- Saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you
- Ask your friends and family how they are and really listening to them
- Making a cup of tea or helping to prepare dinner
- Help with DIY or a project at home
- Bake a cake!
In times like these you need to tell yourself we are all in this together, the same rules apply to everyone and we all need support and help too! Pick up the phone and ring your best mate, bake a cake or play some Monopoly! There are loads of great ways you can stay active and positive so don't ever feel like you are alone.