Mental Health Awareness Week 11th – 17th May
Every year, between the 11th and 17th May, the Mental Health Foundation help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. This year the focus is Mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment. It helps us become aware of our feelings and thoughts and how to manage these rather than being overwhelmed by them. Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere for five minutes or five hours, seated, standing or whilst walking – you tailor make it to suit you!
How can Mindfulness help me? Mindfulness can change the way you react to stressful situations and help you observe the way you think and feel about your experiences whether good or bad.
There is evidence to suggest that Mindfulness is successful in helping people with mental and physical health problems from stress, anxiety and depression to chronic pain and eating disorders. It can also boost productivity at work and give us greater enjoyment of life. A research study published by Oxford University provides evidence of the effectiveness of the Be Mindful online course. You can read the full text article here.
Get Some Headspace is a really good website and you can try the ‘Take 10’ programme for free www.headspace.com
Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week at www.mentalhealth.org.uk
If you or someone you know if affected by a mental health problem and would like support locally, contact Scunthorpe District Mind www.sdmind.org.uk