It’s Mental Health Awareness Week! And for the week Dizzy has been considering ways in which we can help to look after ourselves. 🙂
Dizzy’s found out that mental health affects a large amount of the population, with 1 in 4 people suffering from mental health problems every year. But when living with a chronic illness, such as MS, these statistics go even higher. It is estimated that 50% of people with MS will experience depression at some point during their lives. Mental health issues for people with MS can be due to a number of reasons:
- The emotional impact of living with a chronic illness
- Damage caused by MS
Living with a mental illness can be really hard (me and Dizzy have it in the form of anxiety)! But there are things that can help, even if it’s just in a small way. 🙂 Dizzy has put together this little list of ideas. 🙂
- Exercise – Just doing a small amount of exercise can help improve mood and reduce anxiety. 🙂
The donkeys wanted to start skipping as a new form of exercise. We’ve been out there all morning with Dizzy nibbling and Bob sleeping…
2. Practice mindfulness and breathing exercises – Taking a few moments to breath and ground yourself can really help to slow things down and reduce stress.
3. Eliminate stress (if you can) – This one isn’t always possible. But if there’s a situation that’s causing stress that you can get rid of, get rid of it. 🙂
Dizzy’s now throwing away all the empty ginger nut biscuit packets as soon as she’s finished them. Seeing the empty ones upset her…
4. Acknowledge how you are feeling – Which most of the time doesn’t sound the most appealing thing to do. But just writing down your feeling or taking a moment to accept them can really help.
Dizzy likes this one, and has reminded me that we can also write down positive thoughts and feelings too. 🙂
5. Talk to people – This can just be in the form of talking to friends or family. Sometimes sharing thoughts and feeling with others can make them seem more manageable. It’s also important to keep in touch with people and surround yourself with people who care about you. 🙂
6. Seek professional help – This can be a hard step to take but getting professional help can make all the difference. This could be in forms such as talking therapy or medication. There are also help lines such as The Samaritans. Dizzy’s been very clever and found the number all by herself: 116 123 🙂 .
What are you top tips for helping with anxiety, stress or depression (or just for when you’re feeling abit blue)? We’d love to hear them. 🙂 xxx