As restrictions ease from the pandemic for the whole of the UK, many are focused on achieving some sort of normality. However, millions of us may have struggled with mental health issues over the past year and have needed to seek support from mental health services.
As it’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week, here at Clintons, we wanted to show support for the charity Mind and their fight to ensure that everyone struggling with their mental health receive the support and respect they deserve.
Why Reaching Out is Important
Here at Clintons, we know the importance of connections and relationships with others. Whether it’s a social media post, a card or text, the warmth and the calm we are left with after reading a friendly message from someone isn’t to be underestimated.
It’s what we see with cards every day, human emotions packed into a tiny space; joy, thanks, empathy, encouragement. Sending a card goes from being a little act of kindness to being part of a bigger picture which is opening up and talking about your mental health experiences to someone you trust.
It’s also a softer way of getting back in touch with people, instead of the constant buzz of social media messages surrounding frantic social gatherings, sending a card becomes more of a friendly acknowledgement, letting someone know they are thought of.
It is proven that the daily practice of affirmations has a positive effect on our behaviour and thinking patterns. So why not put this into card writing and write a list of positive statements you would give to yourself if you were receiving a card, then when you’re ready, send that card to a close friend or family member. This will then start a rippling affect that will boost your self-esteem as well as another’s.
Here’s a list of examples below:
- You can do this
- Believe in yourself just like others believe in you
- You can reach any goal you set your mind to
- You are loved and accepted just the way you are
Or, if you are stuck for ideas check out Clintons new designs of mind charity cards.
Remember to Take Care of Yourself as Well as Others
As the roadmap out of lockdown sees many people happy for things to go back to the way they were, others may start to feel overwhelmed because of it. It’s important to recognise that some people have created their own version of ‘normal’ inside this pandemic so it’s understandable if others are feeling anxious about the prospect of social interaction.
If you are one of these people, you are not alone. And if you are struggling to get back in touch with people, make sure you take care of yourself first.
The theme surrounding mental health awareness this year is Nature and how making little habits to connect with the natural environment in any way shape or form can be an effective way of protecting our mental well-being.
Even something as simple as journaling about nature will start to boost your mood. Why not write down, paint or draw how parts of nature make you feel, the sound of birds singing, the shade of green on plants. By combining creativity with the natural environment, you are taking an active role in improving your mental well-being.
Here at Clintons, we want you to know it’s okay to not be okay so if you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please reach out to these helplines below: