This area is designed with both clients and the counselling student in mind, as well as those with a general interest in mental health and wellbeing. I hope you find the information below helpful and informative. Content is regularly posted, so feel free to visit again.
Some simple ideas to help during lockdown.
Helpful tips in managing our own and each other’s mental health and wellbeing (and not just during a global pandemic!).
In this global pandemic that we find ourselves in, there is an even greater reliance upon technology to connect with those that we cannot be with because of social distancing and keeping the virus under control. Platforms such as Zoom, Houseparty, Facetime and Skype have provided a useful means of connection to friends and family members, and for some, have been a huge source of support in connecting with those that we care about. But what about those who don’t have access to technology, or don’t have experience of using technology and live alone without sources of support? Conversely, what about those who before the pandemic, were unable to put their technology down and spent vast amounts of time checking their social media to the point of addiction? Maybe that compulsion has been exacerbated during these Covid times? We all tend to have a desire to connect whether it be face to face or via technology. Connection to others is part of our DNA as humans, but how we go about this and the quality of these connections can make such a difference to wellbeing. We are in a time where safely reaching out to others and trying in whatever way we can to help or assist, no matter how small, can have such a significant impact on people’s lives and overall wellbeing.
Here are some top wellbeing tips to try for yourself. These small differences can make such a difference in not only lifting your mood and making you feel better about yourself and the world around you, but potentially transforming yours and someone else’s day.
Random acts of kindness - it doesn’t have to be some magnificent gesture. It can be as simple as passing your parking ticket that has time left over to another car park user, picking a flower from your garden and giving it to a friend, baking a cake for an elderly neighbour who is incapacitated at home, or simply saying hello and how are you to people in your neighbourhood. These small gestures and moments of connection can make such a big difference to our mental health and wellbeing.
Being grateful for what we have - when we acknowledge that there will always be some degree of suffering in life, we can start to appreciate the many things that are affirming and positive in our lives. The things that bring moments of joy and cheerfulness are so important and enable us to fully appreciate all that life brings including the difficulties and challenges.
Compassion - compassion literally means “suffering with”. When we acknowledge that we all have the capacity to suffer, it can open up a space within us to be more empathic and accepting of ourselves and others. Why would we want to add more suffering to the world when we could make a positive difference.
Making time for stillness - letting go of schedules and worries, even for brief periods, gives us the chance to take a breather and experience the world in a mindful way. Whether it be sitting on a park bench taking some deep breaths or taking a walk in nature and observing the birds and the trees, these moments of mindfulness can be hugely restorative.
Get some physical exercise - whether it’s going for a walk round the block, running, having a bike ride, swimming or yoga, find something that you enjoy, and start to make it a part of your life. Exercise can give a huge boost to our physical and mental wellness.
Learn a new skill - learning a new skill can enhance self-worth and encourages social interaction. Maybe you would like to try your hand at drawing, or try to learn a new language, improve your needlework and knitting skills, or have a go at pottery. Learning a new skill can help lift us from low mood and depression and can help improve overall wellbeing.
These are simple yet extremely helpful tips that can help us manage our health and mental wellbeing during a global pandemic and beyond.
Good luck, and stay safe and well.