After a long week it’s important to get your mental wellbeing in check again over the weekend.
What are you up to this weekend?
Self-care is important for your mental wellbeing & and we all need to find what works for us – whether that’s reading, exercising, meditating, having a bath or spending time with friends and family, and try to carve out the time to do it.
Here are some things you might do this weekend that have been proven to boost wellbeing...
Do some gardening or go for a walk . A review of nature-based interventions for mental wellbeing found they can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression.
Go to a music gig or concert
A study found singing or listening to music has a positive affect on wellbeing and feelings of belonging.
Do a sport
Mental and physical health are closely linked, which is why taking up a sport or doing exercise can never be a bad thing. In fact a study found completing just one hour of exercise per week at any intensity could be enough to prevent depression for some people
Draw or paint
A study by the University of Brighton found artistic activities like painting, drawing, doing crafts and pottery helped people with mental health conditions. Perhaps most interestingly it was found to reduce reported levels of depression and anxiety, and increase self-respect, self-worth and self-esteem.
Helping others is good for us and can improve wellbeing. When you help someone it releases endorphins which then activate parts of the brain associated with trust, pleasure and social connection.
Volunteering and being part of a community of helpers can also reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. In short, doing good can do you good.