The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) this year is kindness.
The focus on kindness is a response to the coronavirus outbreak, which is having a big impact on people's mental health.
Everyone will be reacting in their own way. You might be feeling down, worried or anxious.
Remember, it is OK to feel like this. These are normal reactions to uncertainty and to challenging times.
This is a chance for us all to focus on our mental health and wellbeing with the view to using everyday hints and tips throughout our life. It is all about being kind to others and being kind to ourselves.
During the week Bolton Library and Museum service is providing online activities to help people better cope with isolation and look after their mental health and well-being.
Here are five ways to look after your wellbeing
Connections with other people are good for our mental wellbeing.
- Have a conversation over the garden fence, or even write a letter
- Connect with friends & family, enjoy a video chat
- Join an online peer support group
Be active & healthy:
Our physical health can affect the way we feel
• Do some gardening, housework or go for a walk
• Eat as healthily as you can and drink enough water.
• Getting enough sleep can really impact how we feel.
Keeping your mind active & learning new things is good for wellbeing
- Rediscover old interests and hobbies, sewing, arts, DIY
- Try a new cooking recipe
- Make a playlist, learn a song
Helping others is a good way of boosting your wellbeing.
- Do something nice or help someone or simply check they are okay
- Take up volunteering, gain new skills, give something back to the community
- Take a moment to switch off and focus on the things that give you joy
- Stay informed with trusted resources
Now more than ever, #EveryMindMatters it's essential to take care of your mind as well as your body while staying at home. Access simple tips and create your own Mind Plan to start taking better care of your mental wellbeing at: http://everymindmatters.co.uk
To find out more check the timetable on our website.