World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall aim of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and creating positive changes that support and improve mental health.
This year has been a tough one for us all. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on mental health. According to research carried out by Mind UK with over 16,000 people, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown.
This year Mind UK are asking everyone to do one thing on World Mental Health Day to make a positive change to their mental health. It can be hard to know where to start, and so we have provided some easy to implement ideas to help you get started:
Promoting good mental wellbeing
- Take a break
Have a proper lunch break. Working from home it is easy to not take a break and work through lunch. Stop, make something nice to eat, and eat away from your work area. Try and get outside and get some natural light if you can do so and try some exercise, again within guidelines on social contact.
- Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can elevate stress levels, and according to the NHS 68% of adults are usually dehydrated. Staying hydrated is extremely important for managing stress, and you should aim to drink 6-8 cups of water throughout the day. Get filling those SA Law water bottles!
Well-being and Resilience Webinars
The charity This Can Happen are running free online webinars to help everyone manage their health. They cover topics such as:
- Resilience, Bouncebackability and Gearing Up For Yet More Change
- Plagued by worry and negative thinking? How to deal with your Inner Critics and find your Inner Champion
- Nutrition for Stress, Fear and Uncertainty
For more details on any of the above webinars, please click here: https://www.thiscanhappenevents.com/resources/webinars