What is Mental Health Awareness Month?

Mental Health Awareness Month runs between the  1st  May 2021 to 31st  May 2021.

However during the week of the 10th to the 16th of May 2021 is it Mental Health Awareness Week.

Over the course of this month, we will be outlining the importance of Mental Health, the impacts it can have on daily life, simple activities and ways in which you can help improve your Mental State.

Over the past year, people’s Mental Health has been hit more than ever, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

However, looking on the positive side, the Pandemic outlined the importance of people’s Mental Heath and that we should come together and support each other through the toughest of times.

At least 1 in 4 people will experience a Mental Health problem of some kind each year in England. Here at Addiction Advocates, we have listed ways in which certain methods and activities can help manage Mental Health.


Top tips to help with your Mental Health

Below are a list of techniques in which you can try to incorporate within your daily routines and begin to see the small changes develop!


Connect with Others

Whether it be 10 days or 10 years, no matter how long you haven’t spoken to someone, keeping in regular contact with others can make all the difference. Apps such as Zoom, Facetime or even text message can be the easiest and quickest way to get in contact with friends and family from a distance.

With the growth of social media, apps such as TIKTOK, Instagram and Facebook have seen a huge increase in activity. 46% of women and 41% of men said they’ve spent more time on social media during the pandemic, making it the second-most popular digital activity.

According to the GlobalWebIndex survey, July 2020 saw a rise in 10.5% in social media usage in comparison to July 2019. Connecting with people from around the world is a lot easier than it was 60 years ago.


Regular Exercise

Exercising regularly on a daily basis can help improve your Mental Health dramatically.  As well as improving your overall mood and helping you sleep better, regular exercise can have a positive impact on Anxiety, Depression and ADHD.

Exercise can also help reduce levels of stress and increase your levels of confidence. The key is being consistent, having a goal and aiming for better each time. This will, over time improvement your mindset, not only for the present but the future too!


Eat Well

By sticking to a healthy diet and being consistent with the type of foods you consume, can help with overall symptoms of Anxiety and Depression. The relationship between our brain and food is very complex, however there is a clear link on how certain foods can make us feel better or worse.

For example, A Mediterranean style diet, which includes foods such as numerous vegetables, seafood, fresh herbs, olive oil, cereal and garlic can help reduce symptoms of depression.


Take a Break

Remember to give yourself some ‘me’ time. Dedicate a lazy Sunday afternoon or a chilled Friday evening, whether it be cooking your favourite meal, watching a movie or simply just getting yourself an early night.

Practicing and including this within your routine will help manage your time as well as remembering to look after yourself. So, sit down, put your feet up and relax…


Get in Touch

To find out more about what Mental Health Treatments we offer contact our team today. Here at Addiction Advocates offer a 24/7 free, dedicated helpline. Start your Recovery Today.


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