Mental Health Awareness Week – Our top tips for looking after your mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May and aims to raise awareness of mental health problems and promote the message of good mental health for all.

The theme for 2020 is kindness. Before the current lockdown, hundreds of events would have taken place around the country with schools, businesses and community groups hosting events to promote positive wellbeing. However, due to Covid-19, we are having to adapt to the current restrictions.

BUT, this doesn’t mean you can’t spread a little kindness and get involved in some fun-filled, stress- combating activities!

In these challenging times, looking after your mental health and supporting those around you is more important than ever.

See our top tips below to get involved in this year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek:

1- Carry out an act of kindness

Whether you make a cup of tea for a family member, drop off some shopping for a neighbour, or send a ‘thinking of you’ text to a friend, there are plenty of ways you can reach out and show your support.

These small acts of kindness let people know you are thinking of them and that they are not alone.

2- Virtual ‘tea and talk’

Take advantage of technology and host a virtual ‘tea and talk’ with friends and family. This is a great way to come together, check in and see how you’re both feeling.

Creating an open conversation around mental health not only helps take away some of the stigma but also allows people to express their feelings in a comfortable environment.

3- Get reading

Reading is a great way to educate the mind and there lots of self-help books to guide you through your daily struggles. The more you understand your stress, the more you will be able to start managing it.

Below are a selection of self-help books which explore mental health conditions and more importantly, how you can change your approach to them.

4 - Spring clean

Do you like to hold on to lots of things and never have time to sort through them? Well now is your perfect opportunity! Having a good clear out is a great way to clear your mind and can make you feel less stressed and more in control.

Decluttering your space helps you see things more clearly which is reflected in your state of mind.

5- Exercise

Exercise is such a huge part of maintaining good mental health and can increase your mental alertness, energy and mood. Physical activity can be anything from an intense gym work out to a walk in the park, as long as it gets you moving.

Sunderland offers many scenic routes for your daily exercise, so we have put together our top five beauty spots:

  • Barnes Park
  • Roker and Seaburn Beaches
  • Mowbray Park
  • Herrington Country Park
  • Penshaw Monument