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Check out the new NHS Every Mind Matters page and take their quiz to get your very own personalised Mind Plan.
Regardless of how you were brought up, as an adult one has to work at being of Healthy Mind in order to deal with life's problems as they arrive.
Relationships with partners, family, friends, work colleagues and bosses are important in everyday life, and need time and effort.
A spiritual life really helps a lot of people, and being in touch with your soul can help you out through life's trials. Many people who were never in touch with their inner self have discovered a whole new self to help them make sense of this world.
It's all too easy to be overcome by the pressures of modern life. Paying bills. Spending more than one earns. Unrealistic expectations. But it's important to take a step back and spend some time with a self help book which might change your life, if you are open to it! Remember, being stressed not only makes for a miserable life, but also for blood pressure and heart disease!
Working at being well-balanced takes effort, time and an openness to changing negative ways of thinking. Anyone can do it, but not everybody can be bothered.
- Try and take a daily walk, run or exercise outdoors during daylight hours because this will help with vitamin D intake, and vitamin D can support better sleep and reduce stress levels.
- Eat a balanced diet full of fruit and vegetables and try to avoid an over-reliance on fast food and fried food.
- Keep in touch with friends and family - this can be done digitally via virtual platforms or telephone calls.
- Try and learn something new - whether it’s a new hobby, skill or book this will help to occupy the mind.
- Ensure you take some set time away from work over the winter, especially on weekends and bank holidays, even if you are working from home. Everyone needs some time to refresh and recharge.
- Make your chosen activity apart of your routine - put it in your diary, get your kit ready the night before and tell your friends and family what you plan on doing as this will help you to hold your accountable
- Find a ‘staying active buddy’ - The new restrictions allow for you to exercise with someone from your family or bubble, or with one other person - as long as you adhere to social distancing advice - so find a staying active buddy, create some healthy competition and encourage each other to keep going
- Use apps and technology to your advantage – you can download free fitness apps or opt for a virtual workout class in the comfort of your home
- Wear the right kit - Warm hats, gloves, neck warmers can help you stay active through colder months. Having the right gear can be the difference between making your activity goals or not
- Set a challenge – there are plenty of virtual challenges available, such as the NHS couch to 5K challenge or (not)parkrun - where you can log your 5k walk, jog or run. While it might not give you the social buzz of real life group challenge it will still give you the physical and mental benefits of keeping active
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This is a natural part of life. It is painful, very painful. It is only because we care about someone that we miss them and feel sad. There are stages of 'normal' bereavement to go through when someone close dies. It is important that one allows oneself to go through these natural stages of grief.
Help is available. Sometimes problems occur when the proper stages are not gone through.
Sutton Bereavement Service is sometimes open to self-referral 8939 2537