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Ideas to give you peace of mind

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Together, we're supporting mental health charities through our Community Champions scheme.

As the country goes through uncertain times, we're helping groups that have seen an increase in demand for their vital services.

North East Lincolnshire Mind and Hull and East Yorkshire Mind are two of around 130 branches of the charity across England and Wales delivering services, campaigning and giving a voice to people with mental health problems. They provide one to one support, counselling, stress management and bereavement advice.

The charity say 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. They have lots of blogs on their website from people who have had experience living with depression and anxiety including one from Chloe, she shared her top advice for having a peaceful mind…

Start an organisation diary: Most people have a diary to keep their lives in check, but they don’t normally help them prioritise things. By starting an organisation diary, you can make a list of what you need to do and when, and which things on your list are most important. This way you can control and monitor how you’re spending your time, as well as meet any deadlines you have.

Let the negativity flow in, then out: As anxious people, we tend to feel things intensely and I believe it’s important to embrace those feelings in order to stop them from overwhelming us and causing distress. One thing about negative feelings is that they do pass, if you let them. Start by accepting that this right now is how you’re feeling, try to understand why you are feeling so negatively and then let it pass rather than fighting your feelings – as most of us do.

Set your intentions: Start by writing down one intention every day, whether that’s to make sure you water the plants or to reconnect with an old friend, as intentions can be the driving force that help you mould and organise your day. You will also find that your intentions give you a sense of purpose, which we can’t always spark within ourselves as much as we’d love to.

Be kind to yourself: We’ve all heard the saying ‘don’t sweat about the small stuff’ right? Well, for someone with anxiety this is easier said than done. But the truth of that little saying is that life isn’t easy, so you need to make sure you’re easy on yourself. If something goes wrong, try not to blame yourself. Let the moment happen and then just let it go. Things will always go wrong, and it isn’t always our place to fix them. You’re doing the best you can, so be kind to yourself!

Give yourself a minute: No matter how busy your life gets, you must give yourself a minute to truly relax. Do something you enjoy such as read a chapter of your favourite book or have a cuppa in front of the telly.

For more helpful blogs and stories go to the North East Lincolnshire Mind and Hull and East Yorkshire Mind website.

If you’d like to find out more or would like to contact one of the mental wellbeing charities we’re supporting, please go to our current champions page.

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