Whilst experiencing dark nights and cold winter mornings, it can be a lot tougher to maintain positive mental health than during summer. This is why it’s important to pay extra attention to your emotions during the colder months. In recent years, awareness has been increasing and next week is World Mental Health Day. In the run up to this we’re discussing how to promote positive mental health through winter.
What Is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day takes place on 10th October and is held to provide education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It began in 1992 and has been celebrated every year since. Each one has a specific theme with 2016 being “psychological first aid” and 2017 “mental health in the workplace”. This day is also an opportunity for those working within the mental health industry to discuss their work, findings and suggestions for improvement.
Why Positive Mental Health Is Important:
Without positive mental health, it can be difficult to handle stress, simple changes, personal relationships and work. It’s important to maintain psychological wellbeing as it helps you to manage stress, work productively and feel better both inside and out. There is also a link between good mental health and improved physical health.
How to Promote Positive Mental Health
Take Care of Yourself
Sometimes, it may feel impossible to get up, shower and start your day, but it needs to be done. By pushing yourself to take care of yourself, you’ll instantly feel better. Even if you get nothing else done that day, knowing that you’ve accomplished something will make things easier.
Taking part in regular physical activity has been shown to improve mental health and well-being. Whether you choose to go to the gym or take a slow walk, it doesn’t matter as the intensity of your workout doesn’t need to be tough for it to make a difference.
Get A Hobby
Spending time unproductively has a large impact on poor mental health. By taking up a hobby, you can focus your spare time on working on something you enjoy rather than getting stuck in a rut. Popular hobbies include exercising, reading, learning new languages and creating artwork.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
When you have the same routine each day, the repetition can be mentally draining rather than stimulating. To keep the brain active and improve awareness, try switching things up by visiting new places, taking new routes and organising your living or working area. Spending time in a tidy space helps you to de-clutter your mind too.
If you’re feeling a little under the weather, it’s common to push people away and spend time alone. Making a conscious effort to have a phone call, head out for a coffee or just have a quick chat with friends or family will remind you that you’re not alone. Social relationships are essential for improved mental health.
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