Bliss Pidduck is a therapist with Thinkaction. Here she shares advice for going from ‘surviving’ to ‘thriving’ as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.
1. Step out of your comfort zone
Take smart risks. Think about what you really want to do with your life.
Do you want to learn an instrument? You can. You can go online dating. You can learn a language. Take that photography class. Just do something that you want to do – something a little bit out of your comfort zone.
2. Think about your relationships
Is there anyone that you want to get to know better? Or anybody who doesn’t bring out the best in you?
Does your tribe, your gang, your support network actually get you?
Do you need to distance yourself from people who don’t make you feel better, and gravitate towards those who do?
3. Give yourself a break from social media
Just for one day a week. Not everybody posts about their true inner feelings, so give yourself a break from it.
Don’t compare and despair. Concentrate on the world around you rather than what’s going on digitally.
4. Improve your diet
Think about the nutrients your body really needs. Getting more of them can improve your mood.
Look after your insides as well as the outside.
5. Do things you find fun
Striving doesn’t have to be serious. Make it fun.
Clear out your wardrobe. Start to think about doing things with friends.
Good luck, survivors, and happy Mental Health Awareness Week.
If you’re struggling, we can help
If you’re feeling really low or stressed, Thinkaction offers help with a range of mental health problems.
Text TALK to 82085 or find your local service.