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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 – Friday

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Think about what you say “yes” and “no” to.

Do you find you always say yes to other people’s requests?

There are many good reasons to say yes to things, people, ideas but when we always say yes it can be less of a choice and more a habit or behaviour which is having an effect on our own wellbeing.

Have you ever said yes even though you really wanted to say no? How about putting off something you want to do in order not to feel you are letting someone else down?

Saying no can be challenging and it’s easy to come up with reason NOT to say no: It might upset someone, we are scared to, our own things don’t seem as important, we want to be thought well of at work….

You will probably have your own reasons you can add.

Saying no to something is not the same as saying “no” to everything. It doesn’t mean that you are negative, selfish or a bad person. Take each decision and see how you feel about it.

So what are some of the benefits to saying “No”?

  • Saying “no” can be a way of saying yes, to ourselves, to something we want to do instead.
  • Always agreeing can leave us feeling we don’t have a choice, always put upon and that can lead to frustration and resentment. Saying no from time to time helps release some of that pressure build up and reduces the chance of it coming out in a less controlled way, at the wrong time or with the wrong person.
  • It’s a way of putting your own needs first. Your needs are just as important as those of others and it’s ok to acknowledge that. If you value yourself and your time then others will too.
  • Sometimes pressure is good but when that reaching a point of being overwhelmed you can’t do everything to the best of your ability. Saying “no” can give you time and space to put the time and energy you need to into each task, event or priority. Helping you to do your best.
  • When you know you can say “no” it means you can recognise the decision and saying “yes” becomes a positive choice rather than something we always
  • It can take courage to say “no” but the more you practice the more comfortable you will become. Recognising your ability to say “no” will build resilience over time and this bravery can be applied to other areas of your life as well.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 – Thursday

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Feeling stressed is something everyone has experienced at some time in their life. Reach out to a fried, colleague or family member.

Making time to listen to someone we care about is something most of us do without thinking but sometimes we forget we need that too.

Who could you speak to?

There are lots of people and places to go for help. If you need more support then there are key workers, counsellors, community teams, support organisations and your GP.

You don’t have to share everything! But sometimes sharing even a little of how you are feeling can help.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 – Wednesday

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Prioritise

Nobody can do everything! Why not make a list of everything you feel you “have” to do. Then think…

What needs to be done?

How important is it?

Can I do it later?

Can anyone help?

Keeping up with the ‘boring’ things like paying bills and food shopping is important. Sometimes there are things that need to be done because of deadlines and appointments, but sometimes there are things we feel we need to do that are less important or just put unnecessary pressure on ourselves.

Make a plan of what you need to do so you can start to break it down. Ticking things off your to do list when they are complete can help you to see all the things you have achieved. It is easy to focus on the things we haven’t done and miss those things we have.

If you are really struggling, try to think of just one good thing each day.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 – Tuesday

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Today’s tip is to make time for you!

It is easy to lose sight of what you need when you are under pressure but you are important too.

Making time to look after your own needs isn’t all about treats or doing something nice. It can also involve prioritising self-care. When we are tired, hungry or distracted it is harder to function and this can cloud our thoughts adding to our stress. It might be going to bed slightly earlier, taking a bath or spending time on something you enjoy.

We all need a treat sometimes and a bit more self-kindness.

Stuck for ideas: what hobbies or crafts do you enjoy? Could you join a group for art, crafts or exercise? You could phone or visit a friend? How about listening to your favourite music, maybe even sing or play along. Our events and activities calendar can be found here

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 – Monday

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Focus on Stress

We all experience stress in our lives. Sometimes a little stress can be good to give us motivation or help us to prioritise, but all too often that feeling can build up and leave us feeling tired, pressured and overwhelmed. Stress can trigger or worsen other feelings of depression, anxiety or low self-confidence.

During this Mental Health Awareness Week why not take the opportunity to make small like changes that can help to ease those feelings and promote a sense of wellbeing.

Every day we will give you another idea to ease the stress in your life.

Start a journal or list

This can help you to see and express what you are experiencing as well as helping you to focus on your goals. It may also help you to identity any patterns or triggers.

Just writing it all down can help get those feelings out.

Use it as a brain dump if you need to.

You might want to put in headings like those shown to prompt you.

Start a journal or list

This can help you to see and express what you are experiencing as well as helping you to focus on your goals. It may also help you to identity any patterns or triggers.

Just writing it all down can help get those feelings out.

Use it as a brain dump if you need to.

You might want to put in headings like those below to prompt you.

What do I want to do today?

Daily focus / goal:

Steps I am taking today to realise this focus:

How did I feel?

What was one good thing?