Terry Simpson, SCAS’s Mental Health Lead, responds to your questions on on how to support your mental health and well-being at home:
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.
- Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
- Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
- Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
- Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
- Be mindful –be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Try approaching them with an open mind and judge the results for yourself.
Source: NHS website
Every Mind Matters
In October 2019 Public Health England launched a major new mental health campaign – Every Mind Matters.
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Have a look at the site here for expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing
The site also offers a range of useful apps that are free to use on iOS and Android. Have a look here
What are the 5 ways to wellbeing?
Have a look at the video below for more on mental wellbeing