Awareness and coping skills need to be taught at a younger age and mental wellbeing should be prioritised.

Mental Health Awareness 2017: Changing values in a modern world

With Mental Health Awareness  week 8th – 14th May 2017 I thought I would put together some key tips on looking after your mind nd ways to increase Mental wellbeing from the inside out. The charity Mental Health Foundation are looking at mental health from a new angle this year. Rather than asking why so many people are living with mental health problems, they will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

So I want to challenge this completely and say, we all have Mental Health and many of us are thriving. Mental Health shouldn’t have to be seen as a problem and looking after your mind and prioritising mental wellbeing should be on everyone’s’ daily agenda. I would like to discover why we have to view mental health as a problem and increase awareness in every day chit-chat about emotional management with ways to maximise our brainpower so that we all can stay on track and know when to get help if things are getting out of control.

A way to view and understand this is: we have mental wellbeing and then there are mental disorders or being clinically unbalanced in the mind. In today’s world we should all be switched on to this and know the signs if you or a loved one is feeling out of balance with your mind and emotions, so that you can get help and talk to someone. We need educate ourselves on how the mind works.

Awareness and coping skills need to be taught at a younger age and mental wellbeing should be prioritised.

Awareness and coping skills need to be taught at a younger age and mental wellbeing should be prioritised.

With this in mind I’ve put together some daily tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing:

Connect: Actions speak louder than words and what your body is communicating is very important. Learn body language, build rapport, interact, communicate, talk about it and have a sensory awareness of how you’re talking to yourself, work on your inner critic and bond with your inner voice. Reach for support and connect.

Be active. Keep moving and exercise regularly. I do not mean a full on workout, just be active in what you do. Walk. Move. Dance. The quickest way to create change is to first move your body, walk tall and look up, be positively imaginative. Maintain balance between the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual spheres. Confidently move between them and avoid spending too long in just on sphere.

Take time to rest and be thankful.

Trust Build: Have complete trust in yourself and your abilities. Rather than getting swept away by our emotions, it is possible to for us to understand their positive intention and recognise what our emotions are telling us in order for us to take control and have ownership of our emotional responsibility. Knowledge is power and through mutual trust and understanding, it is often possible to solve conflict in partnership than alone.

Change:  Do you pass the parcel or unwrap the problem? We often see issues and challenges in our life as problems. This might be why we get stuck – if we call obstacles or challenges problems then we will see them as difficult to overcome. The watch word here is ‘blame or fault’ these two words enables us to pass the responsibility from ourselves to others.

Outcome Focused: Know that you have control and actively choose everything you have and do every day. Improve your life by things you can influence and seek to find the positive intention, behind every behaviour.  The person with the most flexible behaviour will tend to control the outcome. Focus on the end result and anticipate opportunities and shift from problem thinking to outcome thinking.

Love First: All we need is love, we have to love ourselves unconditionally and know deep down we are all beautiful, unique and amazingly fabulous. We have to make looking after ME the priority. Learn to love yourself healthy. Be resilient and live mindfully; learn, share, teach and practice mindfulness daily.

What are your views on mental wellbeing? If you know somebody that might find these tips useful please direct them this blog. Always seek advice and professional help from your GP should you feel things are out of control and know that although blogs are helping in raising awareness and knowledge this is no replacement from face to face contact therapy or coaching when needed – if you’d like to discuss this, please see my services page on how we can work together.

Love. Respect. Protect.

SuziB xx