We all need a friendly nudge from time to time… to remind us to do something we keep meaning to do. The weeks keep flying by and suddenly, it’s October. When was the last time you tried something new? Or when did you last really enjoy your food, and savour the taste instead of rushing to the next thing?
Today on World Mental Health Day… we are here to give you a friendly nudge to stop and take a breath. Today’s the day to choose one thing to do for yourself.
To help you get started – here are some ideas:
Cook a new recipe
Learning something new is great to boost our mental health because it helps to boost our self-confidence, self-esteem and build a sense of purpose. And it doesn’t have to be formal learning like a new qualification – it can be something low-cost and everyday like cooking a new recipe, a new DIY project or taking up a new hobby.
Set a coffee date
Call that friend today that you keep meaning to meet up with. Call them and set a date to meet for a coffee. It’s easy to feel so busy that there isn’t time to see the people most important to you. Take back control and prioritise spending time with someone you enjoy like a friend or family member. Social relationships are so important for our mental wellbeing. Don’t be afraid to say hello to someone new!
We all know that exercise is good for us but with a busy job and changeable weather –where will you find the time? Well the good news is you don’t need to be fit or join a gym – just put on comfy shoes and off you go. A quick half an hour of brisk walking is all you need for health benefits. And if you bring a friend along – you kill two birds with one stone!
Mindfulness is all the buzz and with good reason. Too often many of us are caught up in our heads with ‘things’ floating around in our brains, often keeping us awake at night. Mindfulness is about taking notice and using your senses to be in the present moment. To notice sounds, smells, tastes and sights. A useful trick to help still your mind is to sit still, eyes closed and hold a grape in your mouth. Focus on how the grape feels in your mouth. Then when you’re ready, eat it and savour the taste and sensation.
For lots more tips check out the five ways to wellbeing from Mental Health Ireland.