Sunday 25th August 2019
And if today all you did was hold yourself together - I'm proud of you.
Sunday morning, perfect morning, I’m stood outside with Alfie, he’s contemplating which direction to go in, once he’s decided and we’ve done his walk, I’ll go meet my brother for our walk.
Yesterday in my workshop the subject went to the importance of our mental health and I loved that talking about depression and taking medication which what once was such a taboo subject was being discussed openly and honestly, as it should be because it is such an important issue. One in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do, so why wouldn’t we want to discuss it! We talk about our weight issues constantly!
What’s the point of losing weight and getting you body slimmer and healthier if your head is a mess and you’ve ignored that!
A lot of us are overweight because we eat our emotions and unless we address that, any weight we lose won’t stay off for long.
Now I’m no expert on mental health but there are lots of excellent websites out there if you google, mind being one and the NHS another.
Here’s 10 ideas for things you can do do your mental health.
1. Value yourself:
Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language. Do stuff you enjoy!
2. Take care of your body: Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to eat nutritious meals (thank you WW), drink plenty of water, move more - exercise helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods. Get enough sleep.
3. Surround yourself with good people: People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Spend time with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.
4. Give yourself: Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You'll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it's a great way to meet new people.
5. Learn how to deal with stress:
Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Try One-Minute Stress Strategies, do Tai Chi, exercise, take a walk, play with your pet or try journaling as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humour in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.
6. Quiet your mind:
Try meditating, Mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life.
7. Set realistic goals:
Decide what you want to achieve and write down the steps you need to realise your goals.
8. Break up the monotony:
Although routine is good and can make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule.
9. Avoid alcohol and other drugs:
Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to "self-medicate" but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.
10. Get help when you need it:
Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective.
Now I’m stood in a different place with Alfie watching him eat a bit of grass, this is good for my mental health, it calms me and gives me the patience to cope with mom because trust me, that takes a lot of patience these days. Hey ho, I’ve got a walk with my bro to enjoy, catch ya tomorrow. Do something today that will improve your mental health, your body and mind will thank you for it.
Ooo quickly, I, I had this for my dinner yesterday, see you can have curry and chips, only cost me 12SP total, that sauce is lush, not hot at all, like a Chinese curry sauce really.
Luv ya, mwah
Love me xx