What to do this Sunday...

Mental Health Awareness Day has come round again, and we’re due to mark it this Sunday.

Leah Heath

Wellbeing Advisor

October 4, 2021

Mental Health Awareness Day has come round again, and we’re due to mark it this Sunday. Because of this, we think it’s important to note and celebrate our differences by taking some time to care for our mental wellbeing in our own ways.

Happiness is a personal thing, some of us will unwind by running a 10K, while for others, the idea of that might fill them with dread. Our mental wellbeing is not the same, we are not the same, and as a result, a one-size-fits-all approach does not work.

So this Sunday, what are you going to do to mark Mental Health Awareness Day and take care of your mental wellbeing? Not sure? Here are some suggestions:

Think about who you are going to see. If you live alone, could you make plans to see someone? Seeing a loved one can be great for our mental wellbeing. Grab a cuppa, go for a walk or arrange lunch. There are so many things we can do, get a friend involved for a well-earned catch up at the same time.

Getting outside and treating yourself to some fresh air is really worthwhile. It can feel easy, natural almost, to draw the curtains and spend a Sunday in bed, but we can’t stress enough the importance of spending time in nature. Even opening the windows, breathing in some crisp air, noticing how the wind feels on your face, and listening to the sounds of the outdoors can help you feel better. Taking note of your senses is a great way to ground yourself and reconnect to your body.

Make sure you set time aside for yourself, this could be the 10K run we spoke about earlier, putting a face mask on before bed time, or it could simply be catching up on your favourite TV show! Just make certain that you are taking some time out of the day to do something that is truly for you. If you have Thrive downloaded, try one of the guided meditation modules, and if you’ve not yet downloaded it, make sure you do and complete the introductory CBT course.

Whatever you choose to do this Sunday, care for your mental wellbeing by noting what makes you happy and just DO IT!