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๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ: ๐Ÿฑ ๐—˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜† ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–

๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ: ๐Ÿฑ ๐—˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜† ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–


Feeling anxious, stressed, or down? ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ Trouble sleeping? ๐Ÿ˜ด With everything happening in the world, it's no wonder mental health might be affected. The five steps below, developed by the New Economics Foundation and recommended by the NHS and Mind, can help you feel better. It only takes a few minutes to read and think about how you can fit these simple actions into your daily life. ๐Ÿ•’โœจ


1. ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ข๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐Ÿคโค๏ธ

Building strong relationships with family, friends, and colleagues can:

Improve your sense of belonging and self-worth ๐ŸŒˆ

Give you the chance to share positive activities ๐ŸŒŸ

Provide emotional support and let you support others ๐Ÿค—

๐™๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™:

Have daily family time (e.g., dinner together) ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

Lunch with a friend ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ’•

Call or text someone to check in ๐Ÿ“žโœ‰๏ธ

Travel home with a colleague ๐Ÿš‡๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Use video chat apps like FaceTime and WhatsApp ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’ฌ


2. ๐—•๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

Regular exercise is not just good for your body; it boosts your mental health by:

Increasing self-esteem ๐Ÿ†

Reducing depression, anxiety, and stress ๐ŸŒฅ๏ธโžก๏ธโ˜€๏ธ

Lowering the risk of long-term health conditions โค๏ธ๐Ÿฉบ

Helping you set and achieve goals ๐ŸŽฏ

Creating positive chemical changes in your brain ๐Ÿง โœจ

Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week. ๐‘ป๐’“๐’š:

Walking around your home or garden ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ

10-minute workouts on the NHS website โฑ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช

Walking, biking, or playing outside with kids ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธโšฝ

YouTube or fitness app workouts ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฒ

Stretching while the kettle boils โ˜•

Tip: If you have a long-term condition, check out We Are Undefeatable's advice on staying active. ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŒŸ


3. ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฆ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜€ ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿง 

Learning something new can:

Boost your self-esteem and confidence ๐ŸŒŸ

Give you a sense of purpose ๐ŸŽฏ

Connect you with others ๐ŸŒ

Reduce low mood and depression ๐ŸŒฅ๏ธโžก๏ธโ˜€๏ธ

๐‘พ๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’:

Sign up for an online course (local college or FutureLearn) ๐Ÿ’ป๐ŸŽ“

Read books and maybe start a book club ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‘ฅ

Rediscover an old hobby or try a new one ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽธ

Cook or bake something new ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ

Work on a DIY project (find tutorials online) ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ

Learn a dance or craft on YouTube or Instagram ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ


4. ๐—š๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ข๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿคฒ

Acts of kindness can:

Create positive feelings ๐Ÿ˜Š

Provide a sense of reward ๐ŸŽ–๏ธ

Give you purpose and self-worth ๐ŸŒŸ

Help you meet new people ๐ŸŒ

๐‘ป๐’“๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’†:

Say thank you to someone ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ™

Do shopping for an elderly neighbor ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ‘ต

Ask someone how they are and really listen ๐Ÿ‘‚โค๏ธ

Spend time with friends or family who need support ๐Ÿ•’๐Ÿ’–

Volunteer in your community (e.g., a charity) ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ช


5. ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—”๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Mindfulness, or being in the moment, can:

Help you understand yourself better ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’ก

Change your approach to challenges ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŒˆ

Increase your enjoyment of life ๐Ÿ˜ƒโœจ

Practice being mindful of your thoughts, feelings, body, and surroundings to boost your mental health.


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