Your mental health and you: how you can improve your mental health online

 

FACTCO Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week: How you can look after yourself when you’re feeling alone

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Mental Health Foundation is raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 4 adults will feel lonely some or all of the time. So, whether you’re feeling like you are isolated and alone, stuck in a rut or just not feeling yourself, it’s always important to be self-aware of your mental health. With that in mind, here are a few ways you can help yourself and others around you online:

  1. Connect with friends again

During the pandemic, being able to re-connect with friends became a privilege when we hadn’t seen them in months. This didn’t stop us from connecting then and you should never feel like you can’t connect again. Haven’t spoken to your mate since university? Why not drop them a text and see if they want to catch up for a coffee? Looking to take that special someone on a date? Drop them a message and go out for a drink! Looking to get back into the sport? Why not look into what your local community is doing online and join a five-a-side football team? Or even better, become a figurehead in the community and set one up yourself! Whether you’re organising a group chat on WhatsApp or capturing memories on Snapchat, a simple message can help improve not just your life but the people around you.

People meeting up after talking online
Re-connecting: Drop a text to your mates for a drink
  1. Empower yourself through music, podcasts and audiobooks

We all show expression in the music we enjoy but it is also a fantastic channel to help boost your mood and improve your mental health. Whether you’re bouncing around your bedroom to pop/punk or chilling to some soft tunes whilst sipping a cup of tea, music can be such a useful way to improve your mood. Research has shown that music can relax the neocortex of our brain, which can calm us and reduces impulsivity.

There are many artists as well who have struggled with similar mental health issues and used music as a medium to express their mental health issues. The Beatles’ song, Help, was written by John Lennon as a call for help due to his growing anxiety surrounding the band’s fame. Jay Z expresses his struggles on the track Smile, where he struggles to deal with portraying a confident figure instead of talking about seeking therapy.

You can also check out some podcasts such as The Mental Illness Happy Hour With Paul Gilmartin, where he talks about his struggles and shares letters from readers who are battling depression or listen to The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters, “a life-changing mindfulness meditation audiobook that will take the listener on the path towards a truly happy life”.

Chillaxing: Stream your favourite artists and podcasts to release some stress
  1. Show off your talents

What you may think is ordinary may be extraordinary to another. Record the things you love and upload them online. Do you have a family recipe you’d love to share with the world? An idea for a short movie you’d like to create? Maybe even document yourself progressing on a skill such as learning an instrument, a slam dunk or doing a backflip.  You should feel proud of your accomplishments no matter how big or small and you should never feel bashful about letting people know. Who knows? Someone you would have never thought could be feeling as lonely and can take inspiration from what you have done. It’s just about taking that first step! Check out our other blog to see what broadband you need to share your skills with the world.

  1. Keep yourself busy

Small activities can give you energy and positive feelings. If you’re looking for some inspiration or just something to keep your mind busy, why not look up some hobbies online that you can get invested in. It could be gardening, going to the gym or even ways of sorting out your kitchen cupboards. Why not teach your pet a new trick you found on YouTube? By setting yourself a task every day, you will have something to look forward to every day, leaving yourself feeling rewarded!

Person teaching their dog a trick they saw online
It’s the little things: Teach your dog a new trick to keep yourself happy

We all may be alone sometimes in our lives. You don’t ever have to never feel alone, anxious or afraid in this world.

If you would like to speak to someone, help is always available. Visit The Samaritans or call 116 123. Text SHOUT TO 85285 or you can talk to your local GP for more advice.

 

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