Looking after our mental health
Hi everyone, Ruby here. It was children's mental health week last week but all year round it's important to look after our health. There are many activities you can take part in to keep mental health at its best, here are some ideas to help you.
Have you heard of Mail Art? Use an envelope and decorate it, place a letter inside and you can post it to a family member or a friend to keep in touch. It is great to receive a hand written letter in the post!
Physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy and can improve mental health by decreasing symptoms of depression, anxiety, pain and loneliness. Physical activity can also improve focus, school performance, sleep and energy levels. As part of your exercise routine, you can participate in different workouts or even try yoga; there are free videos on YouTube. There is an App to get you moving called Couch to 5k, it's great for beginners.
Another way to keep in touch is the simple way of phoning family and friends or set up a video call, where you can play games or quizzes together.
If you are stressed and worried about certain things, take time out to calm down and relax. Try this video to comfort you - on You Tube enter Guided Meditation for Positive Energy, Relaxation, Peace. Try the Apps: Calm, MyLife Meditation Mindfulness and an excellent series created by Headspace on Netflix called Guide to Meditation. (check with an adult before downloading)