Did you know that nearly 450 million people around the world are currently living with a mental illness, yet two thirds of people with a known mental illness never seek treatment? Every May, for Mental Awareness Month, we are all encouraged to help break the stigma associated with mental health and help any of our loved ones living with anxiety, depression or co-occurring disorders to seek treatment and support.
During this period while we are all doing our part and staying safe at home, it is very easy for many to feel anxious and stressed out. Therefore, now more than ever is the time for us to acknowledge the importance of mental wellbeing, by coming together to support one another! Prioritize you and your loved ones mental health, do not be afraid to reach out for help and remember to check up on your loved ones and show them the support they need.
Though we may all be stuck in the confines of our 4 walls, there are many activities we can do to help relieve some stress and anxiousness we are currently feeling. Everyone experiences stress at some point and finding easy ways to relieve stress can help you to handle the pressure in a heart friendly way. Here are 5 ways to help you relax and relieve stress.
- Breathing Deep & Stretching
Stretching is a gentle exercise you can do at home to help get your endorphins flowing. Along with stretching, make it a habit to try and breathe slowly and regularly. Take the time to concentrate on your breathing by either counting your breaths or inflating and deflating a balloon.
- Take a Nap
Sometimes when we are feeling anxious or stressed out, the thing we need most is sleep. Though your mind and heart is telling you to keep going at 100km/hr, what you really need is to reset and relax. Put on some calming music, switch your phone to silent mode, breath slowly and start drifting away.
- Write In a Diary
Jotting down how you feel and why you feel that way, is like throwing all the jumbled up negative thoughts from your brain onto a piece of paper. You can also consider writing down 3 things you are grateful for everyday, as it can help keep your mind focused on being positive and help you have a better outlook when you face any difficulty.
Take time even if it is just a few minutes to tap into your creative side and doodle or colour anything you like! This is great way to get things off your mind and just focused on creating something.
- Talk and Connect With Someone
Get some friends on a Zoom call and interact with one another. Ask them about their day and listen to what they have to say, you may be surprised by how many people are feeling the same way you do. This is also a great way to take your mind of things that have been bothering you and get that dose of social interaction we have been lacking.
“If you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.” - The Dalai Lama
The phrase, “It’s okay to take a break”, is something that all of us deserve to hear and deserve to say to ourselves.