Mental Health Awareness Week: Unlocking Wellbeing

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Mental health is important and something that everyone should prioritise. Photo: Kirsten Penk

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week. In the bustle of deadlines, responsibilities and daily life, it’s easy to lose track of our mental health. 

However taking a step-back should not be a luxury but a necessity.

Take a day this week to recharge, rejuvenate and reconnect with the world around you by taking time away from your desk and doing the things you love.

Here you can find tips for making the most of your mental health day.

1. Setting the Day with Intention

Start your day with mindfulness. Yoga, meditation and journalling are a few exercises that you can use to relax the mind and set your intentions for the day. Take this time to commit yourself to nurturing mental wellbeing.

2. Unplugging from the Internet

In a world where tech is at the forefront of our entertainment and work lives, the constant connectivity can leave you drained. Use this mental health day as an opportunity to unplug from social media and reconnect with yourself and those around you. Unplugging can allow you to fully immerse yourself in the present.

3. Engaging in Mindful Activities

This is a day where you can do whatever activities bring you joy and without the guilt of work pressures. Whether it’s going for a leisurely nature walk, practising yoga, or taking part in a creative hobby, choose activities that allow you to embrace what you love.

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Reading can be a great way to unwind and relax your mind. Photo: Kirsten Penk

4. Prioritising Rest and Relaxation

Mental health days are all about rest and relaxation. Take a nap, read a book, have a pamper day. Yoga and Savasanas are a great way to reconnect the mind with the body. Savasanas are an important pose in Restorative Yoga and help the nerves in your body to become passive. Stay in your Savasana for 10-15 minutes for complete relaxation.

5. Connecting to the Real World

Organise quality time with friends and family, or anyone that uplifts your mood. Whether it’s going out for a meal, catching up over a bottle of wine or even a cup of tea, spending time with people that matter to you can alleviate any stress or pressures that are shrouding your subconscious.

6. Practising Gratitude and Self Reflection

End the day expressing gratitude for the opportunity you have had to prioritise your wellbeing. Keeping that peace and renewed energy with you as you head towards the evening can lead to a great night’s sleep and help you navigate the days ahead. Finish the night with your favourite drink, a hot tea or comforting hot chocolate, and put on your favourite show to wind down for the night.

Mental health is important for everyone. By carving out time to recharge and reconnect with yourself, you can unlock good wellness and joy in your life.