Over the last couple of years, I’ve written about mental health a lot, at first it was scary but now it’s kind of a vice for when I’m struggling.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over that time, it’s that everyone is going through more than you’ll ever realise and everyone copes with it in their own way.
It’s genuinely fascinating to hear the different kinds of things people look to in tougher times, some of them simple and obvious, others that wouldn’t even cross my mind.
I put out a call on Twitter to gather as many different methods people fall back on and here’s what I got back….
For me, sleep diet and exercise but it depends what end of the spectrum my head is at! 🌈 https://t.co/Oz82k2eOWf— Hayley De Beers (@hayleydebeers) August 8, 2019
Run & ensure I’ve had enough sleep, food etc!— Katie Riddell (@cakeyriddell) August 8, 2019
Podcasts! I’m obsessed! It really helps to divert my mind when I’m anxious.— Lauren Sian @whereislaurensian (@whereisLaurenS) August 8, 2019
The 5-4-3-2-1 calming trick… find five things you can see, four things you can hear, three things you can feel, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste 👀👂👆👃👅— Jessica Pardoe (@jessicapardoePR) August 8, 2019
I like to spend some quiet time by myself in a beautiful place – I’m lucky to live right by a really nice woods with streams and all sorts and I really like having good long walks through there. Playlist of chilled ambient music and a bath also works well haha— Jamie (@jamceeee1994) August 8, 2019
Turn off my phone and go and do something outside, even if that’s just sitting on the grass in the garden!— Steph Palmer (@StephPalmerPR) August 8, 2019
Talking about how you feel can be a massive step forward too. “If you can, tell someone you trust. Someone you know who will listen and take you seriously, and don’t worry about how it comes out. I feel sh*t” will do to start things off.
This first step of talking about it can be the hardest, but the overwhelming majority of people we speak to say it was a relief to let somebody know, and that they got a really positive response.
Writing some thoughts down can be a good place to start, just getting some words out onto a page can help to clarify things, and makes it easier to speak about it when you’re ready.” – Paul Shiels, Communications Manager, CALM
Running, every single time. It never fails to clear my head and help me get through things. And weirdly, when I’m super anxious, listening to the shipping forecast. It sounds odd, but I think it’s to do with it not really meaning much (unless you’re a sailor) and the TOV— Alexa Cobbold (@_ohsweetdarling) August 8, 2019
Walking and yoga (rational thinking, calmness), gaming (to take me to another world) podcasts are a big one (usually crime) and chatting to people about why and how I feel 😊— Hannah Marsland (@hannahmarsland) August 8, 2019
Any further really helps me. Going for a long walk with my headphones to clear my head, going for a brew with a friend or just going for a drive with my boyfriend really gets me feeling more myself. Also love spinning and the gym but sometimes if I’m in ‘that place’ I can’t face— chloe nebard 🌻 (@chloenebardx) August 8, 2019
It so I give myself that time. Then I’m usually back to myself 🙂— chloe nebard 🌻 (@chloenebardx) August 8, 2019
Reduced social media activity and connecting more with people on a f2f basis. Always does wonders in addition to long walks to clear the cobwebs and get creativity flowing again. Mental & physical health goes hand in hand IMO.— Aisha Ejaz – The ChangeMakers Consultant (@AishSpeaks) August 8, 2019
“Recent years have seen a huge shift in the amount of discussion around mental health. Attitudes are beginning to change, and we saw the knock-on effect of that with the recent ONS report showing a reduction in the rate of male suicide. But we still have a long way to go.” – Paul Shiels
Avoid alcohol at all costs and make sure I spend time outdoors! Force myself to cook and eat a substantial meal. Spend time with my little brother as a good distraction and to cheer me up!— ellie beer (@elliebeer) August 8, 2019
I swear by green juices, meditation, earthing, long walks, surrounding yourself with positive people, crying and releasing, not drinking alcohol x— Stephanie Barnes (@Honeysblood) August 8, 2019
Walking to work, even in the rain.— Flossie McGhee (@flossiebella) August 8, 2019
Self care (face mask, warm bath, fake tan, spending extra time on make up).
Oh and a Spotify playlist I made for these days.
Also getting a haircut while I’m at it, understand you can’t do this every single time but it works wonders— Sam Easton (@_sameaston) August 8, 2019
Doing housework/ tidying the space around me makes me feel like I’ve got my shit together & tidies headspace a bit. Drawing or writing is cathartic or just a soothing distraction. And super niche but a visit to the aquarium. Apparently watching fish swim calms you down 🐠— Eve (@evelilyyoung) August 8, 2019
Whenever in having a struggle day, I back my bag and go for s long walk, something about having your earphones in and done fresh air that really helps me settle.— Jack mull (@J4CKMULL) August 9, 2019
putting in my head phones and going for a stroll, go for a run or jump on my PlayStation 😎— Mr Seabass 🔺 (@sebmahon) August 9, 2019
It's keep active, I'm not talking run a marathon but at least go for a walk, garden, despite not wanting too. The other is be creative, even if you write down feelings. Photography, drawing, painting, sewing, writing, cook, etc… I might need to force myself but it's worth it.— W (@WWarped) August 9, 2019
Avoid alcohol, it only works in the moment. Hillwalking/walking/meditation.— Suzee (@hillwalker_sw) August 9, 2019
Writing comedy— DJ Storm (@DJStormPresents) August 9, 2019
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