*Please note: before we get into this post we would just like to say that if you are suffering from anything that is affecting your emotional or mental state or if you know someone who might be, please speak out and seek help and advice.
“Look good. Feel good. Do good.”
As many of you know, these are the words we live by. Naturally, for our Sunday style posts we focus strongly on the 'look good' part. However, as it was World Mental Health Day earlier this week we thought today we would touch on something a little different.
The term 'mental health' covers a wide range of issues, the more common – such as stress, anxiety and depression – actually being more abundant that you may think. 1 in 6 people in England suffer from a common mental health issue in any given week.
So today, we wanted to share this post with you. A post outlining some ways in which we, personally, make ourselves feel better if we're having a down moment in our lives.
Starting with what we think is the most important one:
Talk To Someone
Here's a not so surprising fact we have come upon, men are less likely than women to seek help and speak out.
Communication is important. Airing your thoughts and concerns to a friend, family member or counsellor helps to release the tension and pent up feelings you're keeping inside. Even talking to yourself helps your mind to assess the words coming out of your mouth and make more rational sense of them.
Men can often feel they should be strong and deal with their feelings on the inside and that certainly should not be the case. Telling someone about issues that are affecting you does not make you weak or any less masculine, and anyone who tells you otherwise should be cut off ASAP!
So if you think it's something more than just a bad day, speak up.
Positive Thoughts And Humour
Ever heard something along the lines of “if you expect the worst you won't be surprised. But if it doesn't happen then that's great!”? Yeah, we've all heard it (some of us have said it). We'll be honest here, it's not a great way to think.
It may make sense if you're feeling anxious about a situation, but it won't make you feel better. Instead, try to inject some humour to ease tensions. Humour has a great way easing stress to get your mind riding a more positive train of thought.
Boost Your Self Esteem
We say this a lot so we'll keep it brief, but our motto is our motto for a reason. We believe that when you look your best, you will feel your best. It may take longer than throwing on some jeans and a t-shirt, but dressing a little fancier than usual is a great step towards boosting your self esteem. If you're feeling down, taking some time to yourself to look your best outwardly can do wonders for how you feel inwardly.
A Change Of Scenery
Sometimes we all need to get away, and there is no shame in packing up for a weekend or taking a couple of days off work to revaluate your state of mind.
By taking a break from your usual environment, it can give your brain the rest it needs to relax and rejuvenate, especially if the way you're feeling is due to these all too familiar territories.
So whether you go to see family or a friend for the weekend or take a trip abroad for a week, seeing different areas and somewhere new can help put things into perspective. Helping you to focus on exactly what it is making your thoughts uneasy.
It's vital that you remember to look after yourself and talk to someone who can help. And if you suspect someone isn't doing so, be a gent you are and reach out to them.