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  • Writer's pictureMatt Peake

World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2021

Today is World Mental Health Day. So, how are you feeling?

Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. When you have good mental health, you can:

- Make the most of your potential and grow

- Cope with the stresses and strains of life

- Play a full and active role in your family, workplace, social circle or community

Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages in your life. So, it’s not surprising that we all have times when we feel down, stressed or frightened.

Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they can develop into a more serious problem, and this could happen to any one of us.

But everyone is different – you may bounce back from a setback, while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.

Unfortunately, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health which makes many people uncomfortable acknowledging or talking about their feelings, let alone reaching out for help with more serious issues.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a simple framework developed by the New Economic Forum and now widely supported by the National Health Service and mental health organisations worldwide, which highlights the key components to keeping your mental health and wellbeing in good shape.

1. Be active

Discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Regular exercise makes you feel good and is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Don’t forget to eat well, get plenty of rest and drink sensibly.

2. Connect

Feeling close to and valued by other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages. Reach out for support and help when you need it.

3. Take notice

Be curious. Stop for a second and be aware of the world around you and be mindful of what you are feeling. Heightened awareness can enhance your self-understanding and allow you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations. Notice what makes you special and be proud of your uniqueness.

4. Keep learning

Personal growth through learning something new or developing an existing interest, both at work and in a social context, is beneficial for self-esteem and cognitive function. Set yourself goals and challenges that inspire you and remember to reward yourself for your successes.

5. Give

Look out as well as in. Giving your time, energy and compassion to others can create a sense of satisfaction and connection to your community. Even if it’s just a smile – give more than you receive.

We all have mental health. Make the most of yours.

Here at Orange Owl Coaching we can provide tailored training and workshops to businesses, schools or community groups on Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing Improvement – see the website for more details and to get in touch.

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