Uncertainty is at an all-time high at the moment- nobody knows what the world is going to look like in the next few weeks, let alone this time next year.
So now, perhaps more than ever, is the time to be taking care of yourself. As mental health charity Mind explains: “Self-care techniques and general lifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms of many mental health problems. They may also help prevent some problems from developing or getting worse.”
Whether you’re anxious about the future, struggling with the loss of routine or stressed with the amount on your proverbial plate, this Mental Health Awareness Week it’s so important to support your mind and wellbeing. Here are our favourite simple ways to look after yourself at home:
Making time to move is so good for you; it benefits your mental health and helps to break up your day when it feels like you’re rattling around the same four walls. Whether you join one of our online dance classes, follow Morley tutor Rachel Wise’s free morning movement on IGTV or head out for a safe, socially distanced walk, moving will help you feel energised and upbeat.
Limit Your Screen Time
It’s no secret that we’re spending far more time than is good for us in a spiral of news updates, social media scrolling, group chats and work emails. Set yourself at least one 30 minute screen-free task per day; you might enjoy a 30 minute yoga flow, time to curl up with a book or even a mundane yet super-satisfying task like re-organising your cupboards. You’ll feel better for it, we promise.
Take a Musical Interlude
Just because we’re closed, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy our brilliant events! Visit our Youtube channel for videos of previous performances, listen to Morley tutor Paul Sarcich’s Music for De-Stressing and join us every Tuesday at 1pm on Facebook for a live lunchtime concert.
Tap into your Creative Side
Psychologists in New Zealand have found that engaging in creative activities contributes to an ‘upward spiral’ of positive emotions, psychological well-being, and feelings of ‘flourishing’ in life. Get creative with our online drawing classes, giving quilting and embroidery a go or, after a few weeks of the same four walls, why not try interior design?
Finding a moment of quiet stillness and tapping into yourself can help to alleviate some of the anxiety a lot of us are feeling. Not the ‘ohm’ type? Try meditative pursuits like knitting, painting or cooking to quieten the chatter in your mind. Or visit our friends at We Are Waterloo for Mindfulness at Morley- free bi-monthly virtual mindfulness sessions.
Let Spring In
Spring has sprung- just in time. Keep active and absorb some much-needed Vitamin D by talking a walk outside at a safe distance from other people. If you can’t get outside, try and open the windows for a while every day to let some fresh air and sunshine through. Now that the city’s quieter, you might even hear some birdsong!