With open talks on mental health becoming more and more prevalent, self care has never been more important. Some companies now allow ‘mental health days’ for employees to take a time out, should they need to. Toxic thoughts are common to those suffering with their mental health, so acknowledging these feelings is paramount to getting better. Rule number one of self care is – bingo – taking time out to care for you. Whether that’s a day off to take time to pamper yourself with a long, hot bath and a good book, or a day curled in bed with your one true love (Netflix) – reward yourself in whichever way you know how. You deserve it.
Why self-care matters: small things you can do today to feel better tomorrow
Last Sunday marked the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, and while recognising the ongoing struggle to end the stigma against mental health is important, it’s too easily forgotten that this is an issue affecting men and women alike, all year round. Feelings of low mood, anxiety and stress, are often exacerbated by the hectic 9-5. So, while we wouldn’t dare to unpick the broad subject in a 3 minute article (and ongoing issues should be addressed with a doctor), daily self care is something we can all get on board with. From finally hitting play on that mindfulness podcast, to simply taking some “me time”, here are some ideas to try.
By Danielle Petch