10th October is annually dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues and support around the world, according to the World Health Organization. More and more research has shown that mental health plays an essential role in a person's overall wellbeing and there's no denying that this year has been a tough one for us all. The months of loss and lockdown have had a massive impact on our mental health. According to research conducted by mental health charity, Mind, of 16,000, 60% of adults and 68% of young people said their mental health has got worse since the pandemic.
So, for this World Mental Health Day 2020, we're asking and encouraging the all-important question:
How are you, really?
World Mental Health Day 2020: Start A Conversation
It’s incredibly important to start a conversation and open up about mental health with your friends and family. Too often, mental health stigma leaves people feeling isolated and ashamed. At worst, it prevents people from getting support, finding employment or having open conversations. We all deserve to feel safe and supported when talking about our mental health.
As Time to Change campaign director Sue Baker, OBE said,
"People still think there is no right time or place to talk about mental health – that it's something that should be whispered about in quiet corners. Conversations have the power to change lives wherever they take place."
There are many different ways to approach the topic with family and friends - whether it's going for a short walk, asking to go for a coffee or helping them to find the support you or they need. Dealing with mental health issues can be an incredibly isolating experience, so the most important thing we can all do is simply be there for the people we love.
World Mental Health Day 2020: At Home Coping Strategies
1. Connect with other people such as your friends and family
Good, healthy relationships are incredibly important for your mental wellbeing. They can help you build a sense of belonging and self-worth, give you an opportunity to share positive experiences and provide emotional support. If you live with your family, perhaps arrange a fixed time to eat dinner so you can catch-up about your day. Or with technology right at our fingers, make the most of video-chat apps like Skype and FaceTime to keep in touch with your friends and family during this time.
2. Mindfulness and Breathing Techniques
Deep breathing is an easy and calming technique to incorporate into your daily life, especially when going through periods of anxiety or stress. Taking the time to listen to your body and concentrate on your breathing will give you the space to quieten your mind and slow your heart rate.
We suggest finding somewhere quiet and comfortable, put your hand on your chest and take a deep breath in and out. Focus on the present. How do your clothes feel against your skin? What is the furthest sound you can hear? Can you feel your heartbeat? Read our blog on the benefits of deep breathing here.
Take your breathing techniques to another level with the help of aromatherapy.
Rub one of our Scentered's Aromatherapy Balms onto your pulse points, close your eyes and inhale deeply. As you inhale your body will consume the benefits of the blended natural essential oils, and you will instantly be transported and feel your shoulders relax. Taking this moment will help you ground yourself and connect with how you're feeling—a perfect on-the-go way to improve your mental health. Read more about how to use aromatherapy and meditation together to reduce anxiety here.
If you're struggling to sleep, we recommend our sleep-well candle before bed to relax your mind and body, ready for a restful night's sleep. The powerful lavender and chamomile scent will set your mind at ease. Enjoy as part of an aromatherapy ritual, while reading a book or drinking herbal tea. |
World Mental Health Day 2020: Places To Seek Help
If you're experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.
If you're in the UK, visit Time to Change for a list of resource here.
If you're in the USA, visit National Alliance on Mental Illness here.