This week it’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the focus is stress and how we’re coping with it – or not, as the case may be.
Mental Health has been heavy in the headlines recently and as a nation, many of us are learning to talk about our own struggles more openly in an attempt to help ourselves as well as each other and come to terms with the matters of the mind.
We’re starting to speak out about our personal experiences, reducing the stigma and discussing the ways that mental health has touched our lives, or turned them upside down.
There’s no shame in admitting you might not be OK. According to the Mental Health Foundation one in four people experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. And as with most things in life, every individual is on a different part of this spectrum, of their journey or has different triggers.
Sadly, nearly nine out of ten people suffering with mental health still say they have experienced stigma and discrimination. And that’s not cool. Read our feature on the importance of speaking up and coming together.
During this week of raising awareness around Mental Health, we’ll be dedicating 7-days to #SocialSelfcare over on our instagram, so stay tuned. Find advice and motivation on our feed every day and save it to your own insta board for easy access whenever you feel you might need a little pick me up.
Please do leave your comments because want to hear what you’ve got to say, because if we all speak up and help each other we can work to lessen this stigma.
This week is an opportunity for us all to take a moment to think about what causes us stress in our day to day lives and how we can work to reduce it and control the effects, an imperative factor in looking after our own mental health.
Tomorrow, best selling author and award-winning mental health blogger Claire Eastham writes about how to deal with stress in the workplace. Whether you’re a freelancer or office-bound she covers all scenarios pointing out ‘Key Signs of Stress That Shouldn’t Be Ignored’ and sharing her ‘Top Tips for Reducing Stress at Work’.
Claire’s debut book, released in 2016 ‘We’re all mad here’ sold out completely in 5-days. We’re sure you’ll appreciate her witty and self-deprecating sense of humour as she talks about some of today’s toughest mental health issues.
Another of our favourite writers, Cristiana Bedei will be talking about just how to deal with stress in a time where our news feeds tragically leave a lot to be desired.
We’ll be looking at the inspiring life of Carrie Fisher and her own struggles with mental health.
Plus we’ll be looking at the visible effects stress has on our skin and our bodies, and taking advice from industry experts on how to deal with troublesome skin conditions – so that we can face the world confidently.
Let’s come together and look after eachother.
If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or feel like you might be struggling with depression, do talk to your GP. Or reach out to MIND.
All our love