Article 7 May 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week is running from 10 -16 May 2021, with the theme ‘Nature’. Maintaining and improving our mental health and wellbeing is even more important now than ever before, with the effects of the pandemic on individuals, society and funding for Mental Health services.

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week,  Enable has put together a week-long program of activities to help you boost your mood and mental wellbeing.

The Challenge

Complete the daily challenges below and see how your mental wellbeing improves. We’ll be doing it as well!

Monday – back to nature

It’s a well known fact that spending time outside is good for our mental health. Our Monday challenge is to spend 30 minutes walking around your local area, counting the different birds or animals you spot, or take note of the different types of trees and flowers. Not only is this is a great way to break up your day, recharge your brain and avoid the mid afternoon slump we often experience, but it also gives us an opportunity to appreciate what we have on our doorstep.

Tuesday – listen

We often lead busy, stressful lives and it’s all too easy to forget to make time just to be. Listening to a mindfulness podcast, calming music or a guided meditation is a great way to just switch off and take a moment to focus solely on just being. On Tuesday, spend 30 minutes sitting quietly in a comfortable space, with minimal distractions and let your mind rest. Just search for mindfulness content in your media platform of choice to get started.

Wednesday – log off

Social media is fantastic, it can connect us with family and friends, colleagues, jobs, even celebrities. But it is also a leading cause of anxiety. Commit to having a social media blackout for 24hours on Wednesday and focus on the here and now. Connect with people in person, call a family member, join a friend for a walk, meet for a coffee – find other ways to keep in touch and keep Instagram in your pocket!

Thursday – sleep

We all know that a good nights sleep is essential for cognitive performance and mental health, but many of us don’t get a full 8 hours. On Thursday, commit to following a good night time routine. Have dinner before 7pm, enjoy a relaxing bath and wind down before heading to bed. Read a book before sleeping, but avoid scrolling on your phone or tablet and avoid watching TV. During the hours before bed, remember to turn on the blue light filter on any devices. Blue light emitted from mobile phones, tablets and TV’s can suppress the body’s ability to produce melatonin, which is required to help regulate sleep/wake patterns.

Friday – one kind act

Cap off the week by doing something nice for someone else. There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing you made someone smile. It can be as simple as paying someone a compliment or telling them how much you appreciate them, treating someone to a coffee or even taking out your neighbour’s bin for them. You can go as big or small as you like, but you can roll into the weekend feeling wonderful that you’ve probably made someone’s day.

Write it down

Try keeping a wellbeing journal to track which activities have the most impact on you and build those into your usual routine. The Enable co-chairs, Kayleigh, Mark and Mudassir will be taking on the challenge and we’ll be sharing their journals the following week.

Get involved

We’ve also got some additional network activities for you to get involved with.

e-Coffee with Enable – 10 May, 12:00 – 12:50 pm

As lockdown conditions ease, our penultimate e-Coffee has arrived and we have something new for you! Following multiple requests, we have been busy searching for an online Yoga instructor and are delighted to inform you all that will be joined by Parool York who will lead us through a 15 minute (FULL PARTICIPATION!) Breathing Yoga session – LIVE!

Enable Network Call – 12 May, 11:50 am- 1 pm

It’s already been a busy year, can you belive where in May? For this network call, we’d like to talk about the return to a new normal. There’s a little excersise that we’d like you to do beforehand. And as a treat we’ve also got a second breathing yoga session planned for you.

If you take part in our week of challenges and would like to share your journal, pictures or thoughts, please email and we will publish them across our platforms.  

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