We know that, when you are struggling with your mental wellbeing, this is not confined to one day, but can instead be an ongoing struggle. That’s why we wanted to take the opportunity this ‘Blue Monday’ to talk about some simple idea for supporting your wellbeing today and beyond.
Building a Support System
Nurturing a strong support system can be really beneficial to your wellbeing, giving us the opportunity to share how we’re feeling with others and benefit from their support, as well as just providing some general social interaction with others who understand what we’re going through. Community Connections run a range of groups and courses for just this reason, providing support through peer connection. Why not sign up to a group or course and give yourself the gift of support this Blue Monday. Our current groups and courses calendar can be found on our website – What’s On – East Surrey Community Connections (rfcommunityconnections.org.uk)
Take a Nature Walk Break
Taking time in nature, particularly when walking, has been proven to have a positive impact on our wellbeing. Whether it’s a short stroll around the block, or a longer walk on a local trail, it’s important to tailor this to what you feel most comfortable with. Remember, this is meant to refresh you, not exhaust you. If you fancy some company on your stroll, why not sign up to one of the YMCA’s wellbeing walks? There’s even one that begins at our very own Wingfield Centre – Watercolour Wellbeing Walk – East Surrey Community Connections (rfcommunityconnections.org.uk).
Enjoy Some Mindfulness
Mindfulness can provide a great opportunity to take a break from our whirring minds and really settle into the present moment. There are lots of different ways to enjoy mindfulness, whether it’s savouring a meal or snack that you enjoy or taking part in a guided meditation, but if you’re looking for a simple place to start your mindfulness practice, you might find a grounding exercise to check in with your senses helpful.
Engage your senses by noting:
- Five things you can see,
- Four things you can touch,
- Three things you can hear,
- Two things you can smell,
- One thing you can taste.
There’s no hurry to rush through these steps – take your time and savour your surroundings.
Creativity provides a safe space for us to express our emotions. The idea of being creative can feel a little daunting for some, but creativity comes in many different forms and there really is something for everyone. Be it colouring, drawing, photography, writing or dancing, allow yourself the space to be creative in whatever way feels most comfortable for you.
We hope you are able to use some of the above tools and advice to support your wellbeing, both today, and beyond.