improving your wellbeing
In times when we feel overwhelmed with societal expectations, it can be hard to focus on our needs and remember how important self-care is. It’s important to help reduce these negative feelings and leave you feeling less overwhelmed.
We tend to focus on big events such as Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, but for a lot of people these socially pressured events can cause feelings of loneliness and isolation, and in some cases can trigger poor mental health. But what can you do to improve your wellbeing?
Write down your feelings
Research shows journaling can help us accept rather than judge our experiences. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help rationalise your experiences and potentially get you a different viewpoint of the situation. Plus, the methodical act of putting pen to paper can be a stress reliver in itself, with the calming movement of writing lowering your heartrate and easing anxiety.
Nourish your body
When experiencing poor mental health looking after the physical body can feel taxing and overwhelming. But eating a good meal, wearing clothes you love, having a long shower, or taking exercise can allow the body to feel good, which in turn can allow the brain to feel good. There is a clear link between exercise and mental health: read our resource on workouts to boost your mood.
It doesn’t have to be a 10k, but even a stroll to the shops and back instead of taking the car can help keep our mood lifted.
Take some ‘me time’
Today there is an expectation to always be switched on and available for others, which results in ‘me time’ often being forgotten. Focus your energy into a hobby or activity you love that you know brings you joy. For example, read a book you love, go on a walk to a place you feel safe, watch your favourite film, or listen to music that makes you want to dance.
Connect with others
Feelings of isolation or loneliness can be amplified when feeling disconnected to others. Take time out of your day to have a conversation with a loved one, and try to be as open as possible with them. Remember, if talking on the phone or in person feels too much, you can always reach out via text or email.
Connect with nature
Getting outside for fresh air can really help us destress and organise our thoughts. Try to stay off your phone so your brain can enjoy a proper break from screens. You don’t need to leave the house for a long period of time, even 10 minutes in the fresh air can refresh your mind and give you a new perspective. Go on a walk, run, or bike ride for as long as you feel comfortable, and focus on the nature around you. Maybe even combine the previous self-care tip and invite a friend to come with you?
Give to a good cause
Helping others can really improve our wellbeing. This doesn’t need to be a money donation – you could donate an hour of your time to a charity that needs extra help, or just cut your neighbours grass while you’re out doing yours! Giving is giving.
Our Advice and Support Service is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, where advisers can signpost you to local support that most fits your needs, including our own Change Mental Health services. We offer initial advice on money worries and help to deal with emergencies.
Contact 0808 801051, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the enquiry form on the Advice and Support Service page.