You may or may not be aware that it's Mental Health Awareness Week with this year’s theme revolving around nature and the environment - a theme we are all passionate about here in our Beauty Kitchen community.
There’s only one you and it’s important for us all to look after ourselves both physically and mentally. The current NHS One You campaign is all about making small changes that make a big impact on your health & wellbeing, and the Mental Health Foundation have put together some incredible recourses too.
There are so many aspects to improving mental health and wellbeing, and we thought we'd put together a few of our Team's favourite top tips to a healthy and happier version of yourself. It’s time to just breathe. Take a moment to relax…
Go for a Stroll
Going for walks outside was one of the UKs top coping strategies throughout the pandemic when dealing with isolation, with all of us not only spending more time in nature but noticing it more. It was as if we were re-discovering at our most fragile point our fundamental human need to connect with nature.
Not only is walking great exercise, it’s also a chance to clear your head and take in the beauty of the countryside, whether it’s a hike in the mountains or a casual stroll in your local park. Walking is something a lot of us take for granted. The next time you’re out, try to notice more and engage with your surroundings; the smell of the forest, the rustling of leaves, the wind in your hair.
Write it Down
Whether it’s keeping a journal or documenting your goals and achievements – writing can be a healing way to express your current thoughts and release the stresses from your day, as well as highlight the positives. You could even try to jot down the things you were grateful for today so you can focus on the little things that made smile. The next time you’re not feeling quite yourself, just flip through this list for a heart warming moment. We love making a note of all the places we want to visit and explore too when the time comes for something to look forward to.
The Mental Health Foundation have a great downloadable nature journal to document how you feel before and after connecting with nature!
We’ve mentioned walking to clear the mind, but yoga another form of gentle exercise that can be enjoyed by everyone. Yoga is suitable for all levels of fitness and can be done in a class or in the comfort of your own home via an easy to follow YouTube video. It’s a practice that goes way back over 5,000 years…there’s a reason why it’s stuck around for so long!
Taking Time for Self Care
An act of self care doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming; it can be as simple as taking a few minutes out of your evening routine to read or listen to your favourite music. We completely recommend having a moment of “me time” at home.
We created The Sustainables mood-boosting range for moments like this in mind. With spa-like essential oils, you can add a bit of calm to your day-to-night routine. Run the bath, light a candle, dim the lights…and prepare to unwind. We can guarantee you’ll be ready for that early night sleep!
Put the Kettle On
Good mental health revolves around connection and feeling understood. Taking some time to be alone with your thoughts is important, and so is surrounding yourself with positive people - whether it’s your family, your best friends or an old colleague that you haven’t seen in a while.
Our connections are the cornerstones of our life and it’s important to invest time in developing them to support ourselves every day. Trying to maintain a social life in this day and age can seem like a full-time job in itself, so keep it nice and easy by catching up over a steamy cuppa (perhaps over Zoom!). Having a natter with your nearest and dearest is one the best forms of therapy in our opinion, especially when there’s cake involved too!
It’s important to take some time out for yourself, but also encourage others to do the same. We are all interconnected & mental health is an integral part of creating a sustainable future - something we are hugely passionate about advocating. Let’s start a conversation.