I’m not sure what good a hashtag can do, but still #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is something those of us who have been through the proverbial mill of counselling, are well aware of and open to discuss.
Mental health toolkit
Over the years I have developed what mental health professionals call a toolkit. This is a set of actions, people or things that can help you when your mental health takes a nosedive.
Here are some of mine:
– vegetarian diet
– avoid alcohol
– no cigarettes or drugs
– exercise : yoga, swimming and walking outdoors are my favourites
– laughter, comedy shows, standup, podcasts, and funny films
– reading, audiobooks and podcasts, losing myself in a narrative
– art exhibitions
– videos of cute animals , a colleague used to have a kitten cam with a live stream from a pen full of kittens, for example
– changing my career from office based 9-5 to freelance writer
– accept emotions, if you need to cry, find somewhere you feel safe to do so and let it out
– my elder sister for girly chats
– my longest- serving friend who lives in Australia for more girly chats
– clean the house and do laundry to feel fresh
– my Achilles heel is sweets
– writing is my favourite pastime
– social media is a good source of entertainment
Here is me doing some yoga today, practicing Warrior 3 transitioning into Dancer.
Or as Dad calls it, Superman.