The past year has been a difficult one for people across the globe and it’s more important than ever to check in on ourselves and our happiness. Whilst the growth of social media has been phenomenal for businesses, marketing and bringing people together it is no secret that it causes damage to the mental wellbeing of many of its users. Many see social media as a form of escape, but for business owners who are busy spinning tons of plates, social media management, marketing and keeping up with online trends can be exhausting and often feel like you’re always playing catch up.
Whilst social media can often be a toxic place, it’s also a fantastic place for connecting with others and more and more people are using it to talk openly about their mental health and support others. There is still so much stigma around talking about mental health and we strongly believe it’s important to break down those barriers. Now is the time to be using social media for good, accepting that we’re all human and looking at the people both inside and outside of the workplace.
How can we be there for each other? What do you need to look out for? What small things can you do to make someone smile today?
To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite blogs, podcasts, books, techniques & apps to support mental wellbeing.
Get some Headspace
Headspace is an amazing app which offers guided meditation around a large range of topics from dealing with anxiety and stress to struggles with sleep or money worries. People often switch off the second the word ‘meditation’ comes into play as they don’t feel it works for them. This app is particularly useful as its content is in bitesize chunks of anything from 2 minutes to 20 that can really improve your mental wellbeing day to day.
Take a look at some of their blogs – https://www.headspace.com/blog/
Anyone in the UK knows and most probably loves Fearne Cotton as much as we do at hi-impact media. The Happy Place Podcast features a whole range of guests from all different walks of life all focused around the idea of what happiness means to them. If you’re anything like me it can be pretty difficult to keep up to date with podcasts but this one is great to pop in and out of whenever you like!
Get out in nature
Getting out and doing physical activity comes hand in hand with supporting your mental health. It doesn’t have to be a hardcore workout or even a workout at all but just a 15 minute walk outside every day can do wonders for your mind. This year the Mental Health Foundation has released a lovely Nature Journal to help get connected and look at your well being. Why not get some colleagues together and take 15 minutes away from your desk for a quick walk?
What you do day to day can have a huge impact on your lifestyle. Alex George addresses the modern challenges of today’s world by giving valuable facts and advice for actionable goals that you can set to get yourself on track to a healthier lifestyle.
Get sorting your feed
Whether we realise it or not, the time we spend scrolling on social media desperate for a bit of escapism can be toxic for our mind but there are ways around protecting your mind online. Young Minds have put together resources all about owning your own social media feed. Do you follow negative accounts? Unfollow them. Do you find yourself stuck in debates? Remove them from your feed. Are you getting negative comments from your followers? Block them. Do you find yourself comparing your life to those of the celebs and feeling unfulfilled? Unfollow them. It’s all about owning your own feed and making it a happy place for you to spend your time.
Get up to date with YouTube
When we click onto YouTube we can easily get caught watching endless funny videos of cats or the best clips from our favourite talk shows, but there are also a ton of useful videos by charities like ‘Mind’ which can support your mental health and educate you on how you can support others.
The pressure to get into the gym increases every year as social media becomes overwhelmed with images pushing ‘the perfect body’ and it’s easy to get down seeing it every day. The reality is, gym membership is actually pretty expensive and if you’re not familiar with the equipment or workout routines, there is a chance anxiety can deter you from attending. A great thing that’s come out of lockdown is that there are so many resources out there that allow you to get moving at home with guided videos or workouts. Just look at what Joe Wicks did for the nation over this past year! A great app is FitOn where you can access free workouts anytime, anywhere!
As we come to the end of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we implore you to keep challenging yourself. Explore just one of the above and speak to your colleagues/friends about what techniques they use to support their own mental health and wellbeing.
Be sure to visit the Mental Health Foundation for a whole range of additional resources.