As I write this on Sunday 16th May, it is the last day of Mental Health Awareness week, which runs from 10-16th May 2021. Mental Health is a topic that is really important to Physiotalk and so this will be the topic of our next #physiotalk tweetchat on Monday 24th May at 8pm BST
The theme of this years Mental Health Awareness week has been ‘Nature’ which in some way follows on from our last tweetchat on sustainability – but this time the ask is how nature can help us, rather than how we might help the natural world.
The Mental Health Foundation report that during the pandemic going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health. Websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation asked people to do three things:
- Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week.
- Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others.
- Talk about nature: discuss how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment
You might choose to support your mental health in other ways of course – exercise might be your go to activity, or perhaps mindfulness is what supports you, or just a blether with friends and family.
The Mental Health Foundation has ten top tips to support your mental health and we are going to use these as a basis for the chat on Monday 24th May
How do you look after your own mental health?
How do you ensure you are eating well and drinking sensibly to support your mental health?
How do you ensure that you keep active to support your mental health?
Do you take time to talk about your feelings or ask for help if needed?
What do you do when you need to ‘take a break’?
What do you do to boost your self esteem and feel good about yourself?
How do you support others with their mental health?