Looking after your mental health is always a priority. But we know how easy it is to forget when you’re busy or have lots going on. Sometimes even taking time off work or doing meditation isn’t enough.
This is because good mental health comes from a combination of factors across all areas in your life. That’s what we can focus on for Mental Health Week starting today until the 12th October.
Through our years of supporting people with disability we know how critical mental health is; not just in your own life but for those around you. Here’s some ways to put yourself first.
Connect with a friend
Got someone who you’ve been meaning to talk to? Spending time with others keeps us connected and gives you a break. You can also share any worries and gain new perspective.
Take a break from your phone
Without realising it, many of us are always attached to our phones. While it keeps us connected it’s no surprise that too much time may lead to increased risks of insomnia and mental illness. Challenge yourself to avoid social media for a day, turn off notifications, or leave your phone at home.
The benefits of exercise are numerous and long-lasting. But if you’re not keen on exercise then aim to move your body. Why not go for a walk, do morning stretches, visit the park with the family? A little can go a long way.
Do something you love
When we get busy we often put off doing activities we enjoy. Reconnect with yourself by giving yourself time for a favourite hobby or activity.
Enjoy the outdoors
Like exercise being in nature has many benefits. With spring here it’s a good opportunity to enjoy the wildflowers and take in the sun and fresh air.
Reach out for support
Sometimes doing things that make you feel good isn’t enough. If you’re having a hard time be kind to yourself and seek support if you need it. Whether it’s a family member, carer, or professional, there’s nothing wrong in asking.
As a community we need to look out for one another – no one should be left behind.
If you’re in a crisis and need to talk to someone then contact Lifeline at 13 11 14.