So you may or may not know that it is Mental Health Awareness Week this week, and that it is still unfortunately a taboo subject, but it is getting better. In my job, we raise awareness about it all the time and hear the people’s side of things and what they go through. In saying that, I want to contribute to this week in any way I can and what better way to do that than in a blog post.
I’ve read through quite a lot of blog posts dedicated to this Awareness Week and I didn’t want to give the same tips as everyone else, so I’m going to put my own twist on it. When I get stressed or anxious, or something’s “just not right” I go into panic mode and it’s really hard to come down from that. I’m going to tell you what I do to help myself come down from that panic, slowly but surely. These aren’t by any means miracle workers, but if they help me a little, then that to me, is a success.
A good cup of tea!
Almost everyone loves a good cup of tea. Lately I just drink green tea and flavoured teas unless I’m in a cafe or I’m at my Mum’s house, but there’s nothing better than taking a breather with a cup of tea (just as long as you don’t burn yourself!)
I’m sure we all know what a cup of tea looks like but I just thought I would add that I love loose leaf tea and I prefer it over regular tea bags. It’s something I want to invest more time into.
I have to admit when this all became such a craze, I didn’t think I would be into it. I’m a perfectionist at times and I was so worried about colouring outside the lines and messing it all up, I thought it would be stressful! It turns out I was very wrong. My friend Whitney got me a colouring book for Christmas (as you can see below) and I really love it.
I’ve actually brought it on holiday with me along with my special pens and even though I haven’t finished one page yet, I know that I’ll feel a little more accomplished.
Doesn’t everyone say this? I know they do, I know but it’s so true. When I go to the gym, I can take all my stress and anger out on the bike or on the stair master, and once I feel like I’m done, my mood perks up and I’m so thankful that I done the workout.
Now of course there’s times where I don’t want to go to the gym and I just want to sit in the house and deal with it there, that’s completely fine too. But I see such a remarkable difference in my mood when I go to the gym versus staying at home.
Baking and cooking.
My Instagram is full of food, I love to bake and I love to cook. I’ve become more aware over the past number of years what I’m putting into my body and what I shouldn’t be putting into my body so I love making clean snacks and clean meals for my boyfriend and I. It means that I know exactly what’s going in, so there’s no nasty hidden sugars, just ingredients you would pick up at the supermarket (and a few Holland and Barrett or Amazon specialities too).
Cook books can be very confusing. They can use so many ingredients and it might not even be worth your time if you have to add thirty ingredients in to one meal. I choose my cook books on simplicity, it’s really that simple. Time isn’t a huge factor to me, but as long as I get a really good meal out of it with a few servings for the next day, that makes me happy.
If you have written a blog post about Mental Health Awareness Week, tweet me or leave a comment down below, I’d love to read them. I find them all really fascinating!