What does Mental Health mean to you?

The images below are from a recent Mental Health First Aid session at work. I believe Mental Health at work is just as important as general First Aid.

Within the session the delegates were asked to express what Mental Health means to them, how they would describe it and how it would make someone feel.

Let’s have an open discussion- what does mental health mean to you?

May feel like a black hole or anchor

Do You Boo

Self-esteem. Self-confidence. Self-love.

It is important for us to understand our own beauty within and our own health needs and wants in order to booth body confidence. Body confidence comes from more than what we look like; it’s how we feel and how we carry ourselves.

Weight loss/gain, relationships/friendships, work, virtually anything will lead to us losing our body confidence. It doesn’t help to live in a world with Twitter, Instagram and everyone’s opinion on the internet telling us what we should look like and how we should be living. Black girls are told to hide their natural hair, men are made to hide their feelings; these opinions and elements chip away at our confidence. We don’t want to be seen as vulnerable or make people feel awkward but there’s nothing wrong with rocking an Afro or a man crying. The moment you stop caring about what other people think and begin doing you, you gain part of yourself back. When you suffer from anxiety, depression or any type of mental illness it takes your confidence, whether it takes 9% or 90%. Some people (like I did) stop being social, stop going to the gym; some start comparing themselves to Instagram models, celebrities and what their friends are doing. Others begin to change their attitude, the way they dress or the stop wearing make-up. This is okay because these are tangible elements of us we can always get back.

When I lost my body confidence, I also lost all motivation. In order to gain it back, I had to think more in-depth about the point in which I stopped exercising and became anti-social. Once I touched on the problem, I was able to work out a solution. As a solution I would write down all the things I wanted to do. Whether it’s to try a new look or to get out of the house more and set myself a deadline to do this. If you do this note down how you’re going to do it, who with and what could be considered a barrier and why. Most importantly, try and stick to the plan. Tell a friend or family member so they can support you and give you a little push that is sometimes need.

Other ways to boost confidence is knowing your worth and loving yourself. To do this, you need to take care of your well-being. As mentioned in my first post ‘Anxiety’ fitness & travel have health benefits in terms of changing moods, behaviours and strengthening the mind. Fitness is a big influence. A few months after working out you may feel like a new person. Changing to a healthier lifestyle, again will change your mindset and make you feel like a new person.

Say it into existence. I will go out today. I will dress nicely. I will attend that birthday dinner on Saturday I was going to flake out of. Take a chance in life.

Date Night Suggestions

Its a little attention to detail that shows you care.

Whether you are spending Valentine’s/ date night with your main or side partner, friends or even alone, here’s a list of suggestions.

  1. Crazy Golf
  2. Evening at the theatre
  3. Romantic dinner with an amazing view (can’t go wrong with a rooftop)
  4. Chocolate making workshop
  5. Cocktail making at a bar
  6. Valentine’s swing boat party (London, UK)
  7. London Eye- Cupid’s capsule/Champagne Experience/add a River cruise (London, UK)
  8. Afternoon Tea at a 5* Hotel
  9. Spa day/Massage
  10. Exhibition (eg. The Equality Exhibition)
  11. If you are always out & about, Netflix and chill. Add a takeaway or cook a romantic meal
  12. Kew Gardens’ Orchid Festival (Open from 9th February)
  13. Eurostar (day trip to Paris or Brussels)
  14. Private booth in a bar
  15. Romantic stroll (simple things, make a big difference!)
  16. Back to where you first met (if you have good memories)
  17. Hotel getaway
  18. Museum
  19. Dinner on a river cruise
  20. Get baking together
  21. Go-karting
  22. Road trip
  23. Rent a cabin for the night
  24. Salsa dancing
  25. Wine tasting
  26. Comedy club
  27. Jazz Cafe
  28. Zoo
  29. Gig/Concert
  30. Picnic in the park
  31. Games Cafe
  32. Adult ball pit
  33. Shard- Champagne Experience (London, UK)
  34. Go on a hike
  35. Trip to the seaside/Pier
  36. Spend the day shopping
  37. Ice skating
  38. Poetry reading
  39. Cinema
  40. Sushi making workshop

Whatever you do end it with dinner; everyone’s happier fed!