This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year's theme is 'Nature'. Spending time in nature, whether it's walking in the woods, growing flowers in your garden or being around animals can have a positive impact on the way you feel. It can reduce stress, boost your mood, clear your mind and improve your physical health.
We believe it is important to highlight the issues surrounding Mental Health, as well as helping to remove the stigma that still surrounds it.
There are many steps you can put in place to support yourself if you are struggling with your own Mental Health, or if you are looking for ways to support a loved one.
Sleep and Mental health go hand in hand. Lack of sleep can make your mental health deteriorate; poor Mental Health can affect your sleep. Putting steps in place to improve your sleep will have a knock on effect on your mental health. Turn off any technology for at least an hour before bed, journal, try a guided meditation and use aromatherapy. Using our Calm Bath Salts will help you unwind, relax and leave you de-stressed and our Calm Room & Linen Mist can be used over your pillow to promote a restful night's sleep.
We are what we eat, and often when we are struggling with our mental health, we don't have the energy to feed ourselves properly. Food nourishes your whole body, including the brain. Improving our diet gives us more energy and allows us to think more clearly.
A nutrient-rich diet, full of fruit, whole grains, legumes, leafy greens and vegetables, gives our bodies the fuel it needs to produce protein-building blocks, enzymes and neurotransmitters, which improves the connections between the brain and the body.
Minimising refined sugars and caffeine is also important, as overconsumption can lead to energy crashes, affecting our mood causing us to become anxious and depressed.
REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT
If you are struggling right now, please know that you are not alone.
If you are unable to seek support from friends and family, there are many charities and helplines where you can reach out for help and support when you need it most, and you could also contact your healthcare practitioner.
Here are some helpful UK services to consider:
CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably is a UK charity who run a free, confidential and anonymous helpline offering help, advice and information to anyone who is struggling or in crisis.
Mind Charity - UK charity offering advice and support for anyone affected by Mental Health problems.
Anxiety UK - UK charity for those affected by anxiety disorders.
Samaritans - UK charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or struggling to cope.
PAPYRUS - UK charity for the prevention of young suicide.