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Mental Health Awareness Week: Tips to connect with how you're feeling

Debbie from our Response Counselling team for young people, has pulled together a few ways you can check in with how you’re feeling to recognise how your mental health is doing.

When was the last time you checked how you were feeling?  It’s often easier to ask others how they are, than to focus on yourself.  Here are a few ways to connect with how you’re feeling and in turn start to recognise things that affect your mental wellbeing.

  1. Do something nice to start your day off.

At times it can feel like every day is the same and you can quickly start to feel a little deflated, particularly during the pandemic.  It can be difficult to feel motivated when things feel like this. 

Starting the day off right can help set the tone and your mindset for the rest of the day. Do something nice for yourself, or someone else, to start the day on a positive note. You could do some exercise, take a walk or run in your favourite park or why not create your own playlist to listen to with all the songs you love.

    2. How well do you know yourself?

Do you know what affects your mood? If not, give it some thought.  Being more aware of how you feel and what can affect your mood, can help you prepare for those times when things aren’t going so well.

The ability to manage both the ups and the downs in life, can strengthen our resilience and help us move through difficult times.

    3. Let yourself be.

Are you your best friend or your own worst enemy?  Sometimes we don’t offer ourselves the kindness we give to others. 

Be easier on yourself if you tend to be self-critical.  Try giving yourself a kindness break -today, tomorrow and every day after that.  Being honest with yourself about your own needs, will also help you relate to others differently.

    4. Identify your emotional walls: What’s behind yours? 

Big or small, an emotional wall can hide away the things we don’t want to deal with. Take time to investigate and recognise when things start to build up. 

If you need to, talk it through with someone you trust or a professional. There is always someone willing to listen.

    5. Take care of the little things:

A final tip, is being sure to not overlook how important everyday needs are. 

It can be a challenge to always sleep well, eat properly and be active.  These are the things we tend to neglect when we aren’t feeling great but taking care of ourselves can help boost emotional well- being and mental health.

Break it down to small, sustainable things.  Try to go to bed at the same time every night for a week Put your devices to sleep, at least an hour before yourself! If you need help winding down, listen to relaxing music, sounds or an audio book instead.  

If you can get out for some fresh air, just 15 minutes each day will help. 

Just try one small change and stick to it.

If you feel like you are struggling, always ask for help.

Mental health support resources:

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 - Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org)

Wellbeing | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems

5 steps to mental wellbeing - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Every Mind Matters