It’s World Mental Health day and we thought we’d stop for one second to ask you:
how are you, really?
If you do not want to tell us, just ask yourself: how am I feeling today?
No answer is a wrong answer, however, we need to ask this question to ourselves more.
If you are not feeling great today, it’s totally okay.
The NHS estimates 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and it’s something we do not talk about enough. This is why we wanted to touch base with you and make sure you are taking care of yourself.
Our blogger, Sarah, shared her tips when feeling low, alongside more of our community members: ”When I am not feeling at my best, this is when I know it is important to kind and compassionate towards myself. To quieten the negativity in my head, I try to be mindful of the things I am grateful for and focus on the simplicities of life. Avoiding social media is a BIG one. I limit my usage so much during difficult periods because it is all too easy to compare. Making time for myself every day is a good way to help with positive wellbeing.”
Easing into our mental wellbeing
From Cognitive behavioural therapy to mindset, there are different ways to nurture our mental health.
In his article about World Mental Health Day last year, our contributor Chris Pinner shared that, in promoting positive mental health, we can all learn emotional resilience tactics. Resilience is something that can be learnt, proven thanks to Emma Werner’s longitudinal study for 1955.
The study showed how learning protective factors can foster optimism and contentment. Protective factors (resilience training) include managing stress, prioritising self-care, building self-esteem, and managing feelings.
Everyone’s mental health is different, meaning the signs and symptoms people may present with may be different too. This can make it challenging in determining whether or not someone has a mental health need.
In her piece How to Support Someone with Poor Mental Health, Aimee Hodgkinson shares some of the top tips to support people around us, as well as ourselves.
How we can make more noise
In a new exciting marketing campaign, The Nue Co. started posting questions about mental health — such as “Are you here right now, or somewhere else?” and “How are you, really?” — in its latest guerrilla out-of-home campaign in Los Angeles and New York. Across the two cities, advertisements will be present in 30 locations.
Done in collaboration with Koreen Odiney, the artist and influencer behind the campaign-platform We’re Not Really Strangers” The Nue Co. is emphasising underlying issues within wellness such as stress, sleep, exhaustion, and loneliness, versus somewhat prescriptive “rules” for wellness like Instagram’s Selfcare Sunday selfies.
Influencers such as Emily Wartburton Adams and Kyle Gray also started speaking up about issues that affect different parts of society, making it vocal to open up about EVERYONE’S mental health journey:
For some reason we as MEN find it difficult to express our need for support when it comes to our mental wellbeing. We seem to think we can muscle through it and although this can be a temporary diversion it certainly isn’t a solution – Kyle Gray
Make it a priority today to really ask yourself how YOU are feeling, and what can you do to support your mind, just like you’d do with your body.
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