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‘Fits? Shining bright ✨ Face? Glam & ready! 💋 Minds?
The silence can be strong sometimes 😅 If your mental health isn’t at 100% that’s completely fine! Mental Health Day is upon us, and Mental Health Week is following close behind. We recommend thinking of this day/week as a checkpoint because, realistically, you should be prioritising and thinking about your mind’s health often, not just on a special day or week.
Did you know…
- Due to the pandemic, anxiety and depressive disorders have risen more than 25%
- 20% of Australians aged 16-85 experience mental illness
- 45% of Australians will have mental health issues in their lifetime
- 54% of Australians don’t access any treatment
Remember that taking care of your mental health is just as important as making sure you don’t catch a cold or break your arm. And we know it can be hard to start this journey of self-care, but never fear! We’re here to provide you with some of our favourite tips on how to bounce back + how to keep the stress at bay.
In this busy world, sometimes the hardest thing to do is being able to focus on the actual task at hand. This is where mindfulness (a form of meditation) comes in, it’s the practice of fully concentrating on the moment and being fully aware.
It’s been scientifically proven that this practice actually aids the reduction of stress levels and boosts overall happiness. Mindfulness works because it lets the person process the current moment without worrying about the past or future. This is also a great skill to have for when high-tension moments arise - a good one to keep in your arsenal. We recommend using one of the guided mindfulness videos below to start your chill journey. Remember to commit to at least ten minutes of mindfulness practices DAILY. It’s less time than you spend listening to your favourite playlists!
This looks very different for everyone. When we say to stay healthy we don’t mean to sprint a marathon daily or to become a gym bro, we mean to do whatever works for you! Do it YOUR own way.
Try going on an hour walk daily, or doing yoga in the comfort of your own house, socialising, indulging and investing in creative endeavours such as soap-making or journaling - you’re your own brand of you, so embrace it!
Even something as simple as making it a goal to smile and laugh every day, makes a massive difference to your mental health! Laughter has a similar effect to taking antidepressants, as it activates the release of serotonin neurotransmitters. So, yes, smiling and laughing does go a long way!
A must though, whoever you are, is to SLEEP. And if you do have an all-nighter on the way, balance it out by having the next day completely to yourself. Sleep goes SUCH a long way with helping your physical, mental and emotional health.
Thinking About Therapy?
We’re so happy that you are! It’s such an amazing way to learn more about yourself. You can start therapy any time! Defeat the yesteryear stigmas by working on reaching your full potential! Talking about your feelings is definitely the coolest thing to do 😎
Remember to check-in with you + your loved ones as often as you can! Show up, and take care of yourselves. You got this 💪🏼
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