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These days, most of us know that our mental wellbeing is just as important as our physical health. But with the pressures of lockdown, 60% of adults and 68% of young people say their mental health has worsened during this time, according to research from Mind.
To show our support for mental wellbeing, we’ve partnered up with mental wellbeing charities Mind, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and Inspire, who work to support community’s mental wellbeing.
If you’d like to see if you could give your mental wellbeing a boost, here are five things you can try.
1. Connect with others
Sometimes, it can be tricky to stay in touch with friends or family but it’s important to find ways to connect, especially during this difficult time,
Make sure you book some time each week to catch up with friends and family, even if that’s just a quick phone call or Zoom chat. You could even consider organising an online quiz! Check out our helpful guide on how to host your own.
2. Write down what you’re thankful for
Try keeping a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, reflect on the positives, and write down something you’re thankful for, whatever that might be. Not only could it help you feel more positive, you might also find it boosts your mood long-term.
3. Get into a new hobby
Ever fancied getting into knitting, learning a new language, or mastering Italian cooking? Hobbies are the perfect combination of fun and mentally stimulating, so they’re just the thing to help you unwind from the pressures of daily life. Have a look online for tutorial videos to help you get started.
4. Move your body
Getting active is a proven way to improve your mood. It doesn’t have to be training for a marathon or spending hours in the gym – getting those endorphins flowing can be as simple as a regular evening walk or a few bike rides a week.
5. Give back to your community
A wonderful way to boost your confidence and meet new people is to give something back by volunteering. There are lots of ways to get involved in your community physically or virtually. Co-operate, our online community centre, helps people come together to make good things happen. Whether you want to join a group or activity, volunteer or set up your own. You can connect with others in your community and find ways to make good things happen. Get Involved at coop.co.uk/co-operate.
If you’re struggling to cope or need to talk about your mental health, it’s important to reach out to your family and friends, speak to your GP or get in touch with a mental health charity.
- Contact Mind for support in England and Wales on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday), text: 86463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact SAMH for support in Scotland on 0344 800 0550 (lines open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays) or email email@example.com.
- Call Inspire for support in Northern Ireland on 0289 032 8474 (lines open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
Community Mission Manager (Wellbeing)