It’s Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW). This week is all about valuing mental health. www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au have shared 6 great steps to value your mental health, including:
- Be Active – “Physical activities like walking can positively influence the way you think feel and function.”
If walking isn’t your favourite past-time, find another activity that puts a spring in your step. It could be yoga, boxing, cycling, or table tennis. The activity in itself isn’t as important as simply getting your body moving, doing something you enjoy.
- Keep Learning – “Our well-being can improve by taking up a new hobby or practicing the piano.”
New experiences can often be enjoyable, and if your new hobby also comes with the opportunity to connect with new people or old friends, even better.
- Give – “Practicing random acts of kindness or volunteering time can work wonders for your well-being.”
Choosing a volunteering opportunity that also aligns with your values and interests is a great way to give back to your community. Giving often brings with it a raft of positive emotions, and when it’s for a cause you care about, it’s even sweeter.
- Connect – “Close relationships with friends and family can add up to 7 years to our lives.”
Reach out to those you care about. Despite social media giving us more connections, we’re often not as ‘connected’ to people in our lives. We suggest choosing a ‘be active’ or ‘keep learning’ activity to share with a friend or family member, to keep yourself committed and connected.
- Take Notice – “Savouring our surroundings gives us, quite literally, more breathing space.”
If you’re not sure how to pay more attention to your surroundings, start by putting down your phone. Then try the 5 senses mindfulness activity: 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.
- Care – “Keeping our blue planet in tip-top shape is the best recipe for world well-being.”
Making a conscious effort to care for the environment can be good for your overall health, as well as your mental health.
What would you add to these activities?
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