Today is World Mental Health Day & it allows us all a day to reflect on our personal well-being and that of the people around us.Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as your physical health.
Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.
Everyone is different, you may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same either. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.
There is unfortunately a big stigma attached to mental health problems that means many people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.
According to mentalhealth.org, if you’re in good mental health, you can:
- make the most of your potential
- cope with life
- play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.
We’re going to discuss the small changes we can help you make to feel better every day and not just on your down days.
- You can download great apps on your phone that will talk you through each stage of meditation or even just play wonderful soothing music to you.
- Meditation also teaches you great breathing techniques that allow you time to collect your thoughts and balance your mind.
- Obviously a great one, recommended by gurus for years now but yoga really is a great way to relax your mind and body and feel at one with your own thoughts.
- Floatation tanks
- Have you seen these? They are literally human size tanks filled with water that you lay in, you cannot hear, see or feel anything around you. Designed to be the ultimate separation from your day-to-day life, they will set you back around £2000 if you decided to have one at home!
- A good bath!
- The simplest of all the recommendations. Having a quiet, warm bath can allow you time to submerge into your head space and clear your mind.
- We recommend a relaxing bath with some calming oils or bath gels mixed in.
- Talk to someone
- Sometimes it’s harder to talk to someone you know out of fear of judgement or misunderstanding so talking to someone you don’t know can help.
- There are charities like SANE that offer forums and call back services for anyone looking to speak to someone http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helpline/
- If you don’t want to go as far as talking to a charity, my inbox is always open for a chat! Just because you’re low, doesn’t mean you have to be alone. You can email me at any time and everything will absolutely remain confidential. firstname.lastname@example.org
There was recently a very public announcement made by the founder and acting CEO of Beauty Brand Deciem about the temporary closure of the brand which seems like a rather normal announcement but the way the CEO conducting himself was not only very unprofessional but has caused some concern for his own mental health. Even the rich & famous are affected by mental health.
You can read one of the latest articles on this here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/a23662923/deciem-the-ordinary-store-closing-leaked-email/