Mental health awareness week 2022
It's mental health awareness week!
This years focus is loneliness. Loneliness can affect many of us at one time or another in our life. Society and workplaces are changing fast as a result of the pandemic where loneliness and isolation can become part of our daily routines, as working from home and travel entry restrictions are limiting us to visit family and friends across the globe.
We wanted to share some tips and tricks on how to combat this and improve your mental wellbeing in anyway that we can.
Reconnect with an old friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while. Reach out and send them a message or schedule to meet up - they’ll appreciate it too!
Join a class or club. This will expose you to new people with similar interests to you.
Some ideas for you:
- Art class
- Exercise / yoga class
- Book club
- Drama club
- Movie club
- Sports club
- Cooking class
- Dance class
Adopt a pet. We know this is a slightly larger commitment to make as opposed to joining an art class but the benefits are endless. Not only will this help fight loneliness because the animal will provide unconditional love to you, it can also connect you to a new community of animal lovers and pet owners. For example if you adopted a dog, it’s easy to meet other dog walkers and make new friends.
Find online support through social media. We all know social media has its pro’s and con’s but one of its perks is the ease of connecting with others virtually. Join a Facebook group focused on your passions and talk with likeminded people.
Practice self care and do what you can to take care of yourself in other ways. Eat nutritious foods, exercise and make sure to get enough sleep.
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Talk to strangers and strike up a conversation when you grab a coffee. Research shows it contributes to our social and emotional wellbeing.
If none of these tips help and you need further support, seek professional help, resources are linked below.
MIND: 0300 123 3393
Samaritans: 116 123
Shout: text 85258
CALM (for men): 0800 58 58 58
NHS: 111 or your GP
Know that you're never alone.