May – Mental Health Awareness Month

I will be discussing some simple ideas to help relax you and shake off a bit of that stress we all carry on our shoulders.

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Slowly we are going back to ‘normal’ life post-pandemic. Somewhat of life that we remember pre-pandemic! Mainly exciting but for many is overwhelming. One of the important things post-pandemics is to look after ourselves so that we don’t burn out.

Below I will be discussing some simple ideas to help relax you and shake off a bit of that stress we all carry on our shoulders.

Stress Relief

Stress is one of the factors causing our mental health to decline. We can do some simple things to help reduce stress on our minds, muscles, and body.

Stress-relieving activities:

  • A warm bath
  • Reading 
  • Listening to podcasts
  • Breaking down tasks into lists
  • Meditation
  • Yoga


Another very vital thing to helping with your mental health is exercise. I’m not saying go for a run to the next town and back, but more simply walk to the workplace, or cycle to work instead of getting in a car or on the bus. Even just walking 10 minutes down the road and turning back around is better than nothing.

Exercise will give you:

  • More energy
  • Better sleep 
  • Stronger resilience
  • Higher self-esteem 


Sleep is vital, not just because it stops you from feeling tired! Sleep helps repair our bodies and process the day, memories, and information.

Tips to get better sleep:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Exercise 
  • Write a list of thoughts


Creating a healthy routine allows you to minimise daily stress and helps your body cope with change and improve interpersonal relationships. Routine isn’t something you have to follow, but guidance and structure make everyday tasks easier. 

Routines can be as simple as:

  • Set sleeping times
  • Dinner at the same time

Disclaimer – The article above is not professional medical advice. If you are struggling with your mental health, you can reach out to your local GP or if you are in danger of harming yourself, go straight to A&E.

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