Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Everyone has mental health and it's important to look after it just as you would look after your physical health. In fact, having good mental health can also have a positive impact on you physical health and vice versa. During this period of social distancing and self isolation it's even more important for everyone to look at ways to help their mental health and wellbeing.
Experts have identified 5 ways to wellbeing: Connect, be active, keep learning, give and take notice. There's more information below about each area with ideas you can try - a lot which can be done even if you're stuck at home!
Social relationships and interaction is crucial for positive wellbeing therefore keep in touch with people. As human beings we all want to feel close to and be valued by other people.
Here are some ideas:
Regular physical activity not only keeps you physically fit but research also shows that it can help lower rates of depression and anxiety for people of all ages. Being physically active doesn't always mean intense exercise or gym workouts.
Why not try these:
Whilst some children and young people are currently unable to attend school learning doesn’t stop as schools are still setting work remotely that should be completed with support from carers. It’s also very tempting to spend a lot of time on electronic devices now that you’re unable to go out but how about setting yourself a goal to learn a new skill or do some puzzles to still give your brain a workout but time away from electronic screens to give your eyes a break. Learning a new skill will give you a sense of purpose, help you pass time and can give you a boost in self-confidence.
Give some of these a go:
An act of giving and kindness can come in a range of scale and forms from spending time with someone to volunteering in your local community. Those acts of kindness however big or small can give you a sense of reward, provide some positivity, give a feeling or purpose and self-worth but also helps you to connect with other people.
You could try:
Paying more attention to the present and taking notice of yourself (including your body and thoughts) and your surroundings can strengthen and broaden your awareness. This is sometimes also known as “mindfulness". Being more aware of the present moment can help you to enjoy the world around you, understand yourself better and have more appreciation for things that you might have been taking for granted.
Ways to take notice:
If you have any other ideas that you would like to be added to the lists - please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some other resources to support mental health:
Every Mind Matters - NHS website with hints and tips from experts on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing as well as quizzes and signposting to where you can get extra support. There are also usefull suggested apps on there to help you in a range of areas including getting more active and meal planning.
Cosmic Kids - Yoga and Mindfulness for age 3+ through short videos that follow a storyline. Visit the site: Cosmic Kids
Change4Life (NHS) - short 10 minute activities that will help keep children and young people moving throughout the day to stay active and healthy. There's also resources on there for healthy eating as well. Visit the site: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
Reading Well - a list of expert endorsed books about mental health that provides 13-18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress, OCD and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. Books are available to borrow from libraries and some are also available as e-books and audiobooks.
Visit: Reading Well