Today and every day we are proud to be shining a light on mental health. Working with incredible charities that we support we have collated some tools to help navigate anxiety and offer some tips on being kind to yourself. Helping to raise awareness and stamp out stigmas, in the most uncertain of times. Providing support. Empowering people to recover. Reconnect. Grow.
Self-care through nature Nature can have a profoundly healing effect on those struggling with mental illness, but it’s still possible to get these positive effects from nature whilst staying indoors. It just takes a little imagination. Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air, create a soothing space by a window where you can look out. Look at photos of your favourite places in nature and listen to natural sounds, like recordings of bird song, ocean waves or rainfall. The Scottish Association For Mental Health
Self-care through connections To help overcome loneliness think about things you can do to connect with people. Listen to a chatty radio station when your home feels too quiet. Put up pictures of those you care about. Write letters or call someone just to chat. The Scottish Association For Mental Health
Self-care through craft Focusing on a craft and a repeated motion such as sewing or colouring can have meditative effects, bringing you into the present and helping to alleviate the constant activity of your thoughts. Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families
Self-care through imagination Visualising a calming, safe place or memory can be a helpful coping tool when feeling particularly anxious. Practice visualising your calming memory when you’re feeling positive so as it comes more naturally when you need it in a time of worry. Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families
Self-care through kindness When you know you’ve helped someone, it can feel really satisfying and remind you of things you are good at which you may have forgotten about. This could be anything from making a cup of tea for a family member or donating food to those less fortunate. Find what fits your life and makes sense for you. The Scottish Association For Mental Health
Self-care through literature Reading can be a comfort when struggling with your emotions. Try revisiting a beloved book, you might feel like it’s being reunited with an old friend. Words can be more powerful than you may first assume. Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families
Self- care for children This can be a daunting time for many, particularly parents hoping to provide support to their children. Talking about how you feel is a great way to feel better. If you have children reassure them that you’re there to listen too. Be calm, honest and informed when speaking to them about the news. NSPCC