Managing your mental health is much more than a glib soundbite. It’s more than a hashtag, too, but I am grateful for the conversations that will come out of trending hashtags this week. We need to reframe the debate and discussion about mental health and mental wellbeing. And awareness weeks and hashtags really help us do that. They also help more people to find courage to step forward and seek support when they need it.
Today marks the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 and the theme this year is kindness. Yes, we need to show kindness and compassion to anyone around us who is having a courageous conversation about their own mental health. But don’t we also need to show kindness to ourselves?
Managing your mental health might start with a hashtag but it doesn’t end here. Taking three absolute priorities from each day and making one of them time completely switched off from chores, work, or anything that demands how we spend our time, is a very good place to start.
Take three breaths if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Or if you’re supporting a loved one or a colleague through a difficult time. Forget what is on the to-do list or your virtual pile of chores – it might be time to dial things back for a day or two.
If you’re working from home and struggling with the ongoing mental load of Covid-19, this article here might be helpful.