By Dani Lally
This week we saw the days become lighter for longer and the warmer weather coming in nicely, which I feel is one of the best times of the year, especially when the blossom trees begin to bloom!
However, due to the Covid19 current situation we are in, this may not be a happy time for all. Days may feel longer and being unable to go out freely may leave people feeling trapped and frustrated.
This got me thinking of the current government stay at home advice. The only reasons to go outside includes for physical exercise. Whilst this is very important for many health benefits, there is also exercise for our minds.
What exactly could be exercise for our minds?
My definition of exercise for the mind is ‘an activity that helps strengthen our mental capacity, allowing the mind to become refreshed, relaxed and strong’. This can be achieved by finding a quiet space where we can relax and ‘switch off’.
There are some activities that can help this such as guided mediation which is available freely on the internet.
Colouring books are also really good too and you will be surprised at the time that passes once you get stuck in! If you are able pick up a packet of cheap felt tip pens and colour book you should definitely give it a try! You can also find word search books and puzzle books too!
And then if you really want to pass some time there is always living room karaoke with a hair brush… put on your favourite song… LOUD… and belt it at the top of your voice!
“exercise for the mind is ‘an activity that helps strengthen our mental capacity, allowing the mind to become refreshed, relaxed and strong’“
This should leave your mind feeling relaxed and refreshed, but if you are really struggling and can’t seem to empty or refresh your mind, don’t suffer alone as there is help and support available through Social Prescribing Link Workers such as myself.
If you are unable to access community support, there are some national organisations who can help too. Here are some useful numbers that you may want to use or may want to share for others who need them.
Samaritans: Call 116 123
Refuge Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Cruse Bereavement Helpline 0808 808 1677 firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care, Dani x