The human brain is remarkably powerful. It helps us to think, to understand, to create new ideas and to shape the incredible work that we live in.

But much like any other part of the body, it is also remarkably vulnerable, and without the proper care, it can get sick.

And when this happens, most of us ignore the important signs and symptoms that suggest that something is not quite right.

 

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a campaign aimed at promoting just how important looking after our mental health really is.

Mental Health problems affect 1 in 4 of us in the UK[1], with over 450 million people worldwide currently suffering from a mental health condition.[2] And the Covid-19 pandemic has caused these numbers to rise. The isolation of lockdown has brought on increased levels of loneliness, with 26% of people reporting feeling lonely in February 2021, and almost half of young people (18-24) feeling increased levels of loneliness throughout the pandemic.[3]

Not looking after your mental health can cause huge problems for yourself and those around you – now more than ever. Leaving poor mental health unchecked, especially in the current Covid-19 pandemic, can lead to burnout, loss of productivity, lack of self-worth, hopelessness – and much more.

Poor mental health can be an extremely difficult thing to deal with.

But what’s important to remember, is that everyone has mental health – and everyone has their own struggles. You’re not on your own – and there are things you can do to combat negative feelings.

For the UK population for instance, the main methods of coping with the stress of the pandemic and poor mental health that comes along with it have been to get outside and enjoy nature. 59% of people say their most effective coping mechanism has been to go for a walk outside – with 42% of people saying being able to visit green spaces has helped improve their outlook[4].

 

These findings also coincide with the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – ‘nature’. So if you’re struggling with poor mental health – get outside and enjoy your natural surroundings.

And talk to people.

Mental Health shouldn’t be seen as a negative thing and you shouldn’t feel ashamed to talk about it.

So this Mental Health Awareness Week – look after the people closest to you. Be kind. Enjoy the outdoors. Try and clear your head of negative thoughts and surround yourself with nature.

Start looking after your mental heath.

 

 

[1] https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/#:~:text=1%20in%204%20people%20will,week%20in%20England%20%5B2%5D.

[2] https://thriveworks.com/blog/400-million-people-suffer-from-mental-illness-right-now/

[3] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/research-and-policies/wave-10-late-february-2021

[4] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/research-and-policies/wave-10-late-february-2021