Mental Health Top Tips
How many times do we mutter that ‘work is driving us crazy’…’ the family is driving us crazy’, driving is driving us crazy… and with today's pace of life and expectations it might actually be, that quite literally it is all ‘ driving you crazy’.
With the 8th of May being Mental Health Awareness Week, it’s seems like a good time to remember that 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental health condition at some stage in our lives. This invisible unmentionable illness however, is now becoming more sociably recognised, and with high profile sports and media celebrities ‘fessing up’ to being affected by it, and more focus being given to it in the work place and social setting, it seems we are in a better position more than ever to have support and not let it break us.
The key is recognising it is happening and getting support as soon as possible. Some experts have likened it to us all having a bucket that will hold water (stress), but that can only hold a limited amount before it tips and overflows. We all have different sized ‘buckets’ so the amount of stress we can each hold before ‘tipping point’ is different for each of us.
The good news is that it has never been easier to get help!
Just like keeping fit to make sure we are physically healthy to cope with life, we also need to make sure we take time to make sure we keep mentally well. Walks in the country side is a time honoured strategy that really works – it has been proved that having access to green space reduces domestic violence incidences- Meditation / Relaxation classes including Tai Chi and Yoga will give you the time and skills to calm your thoughts and will give you a weapon to combat stress when it attacks. Best of all talking about it to someone close to you. ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ and just having a chat to a friend can be a huge help. Likewise, making sure you are there to listen and notice if someone you know looks like they are struggling. Often work places have a counselling service or HR would be able to point you in the right direction, but there are many different professional services that specialise in mental health that can offer the right kind of support.
But to help us avoid getting to that breaking point and end up ditching the job, family… or end up in a Bazil Fawlty frenzy beating the car with a branch, lets give ourselves a break, and incorporate some of stress busters into our day.
- Green space walking/running
- Learn how to meditate
- Take up Yoga / Tai Chi or other ‘mindful’ activity
- Do at least one thing every day that makes you happy
- Smile/help someone – spread the love
- Make time to see catch up with your friends
- Learn something new
- Exercise – get the adrenaline/ endorphin high