Opening up about mental health can seem impossible at times - talking about your problems can feel scary, embarrassing, or stressful, but it's important to remember that you are not alone. Each year in England, 1 in 4 people experience problems with mental health, including anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and body dysmorphia. With the added hardships caused by the global pandemic the percentage of people impacted is continuing to rise, yet despite the numbers, studies show only 1 in 8 seek help. That's why it's time to talk.
Time to Talk Day is a widespread effort to break the stigma, boundaries, and isolation surrounding mental health. It's a time for the nation to open up, start the conversation, and make an effort to show that struggling is not shameful.
Inner Senses prides itself in offering organic holistic treatments that benefit both mind and body, and as this approach is at the heart of the business, taking part in Time to Talk Day is as natural as the ingredients found within the formulas. We want to offer five of our top tips for coping during tough times, and invite you to keep the conversation going by sharing this post with someone who could use a boost, commenting words of encouragement, or contributing your own best recommendations!
1: Talk to a professional
Reaching out to friends and family can be the first step when struggling with mental health, but making an appointment with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or GP ensures that the advice you are given is accurate and suited to your specific needs. When you notice a long-running change in your wellbeing, it's time to talk to a specialist. Medical professionals offer confidentiality, diagnoses, and treatment options, and they are trained to answer your questions and even offer follow up support when required. You can even find low cost options in most areas, so don't let the price scare you away.
2: Freshen up
Get out of those pyjamas, jump in the shower, brush your teeth, and get dressed. When depression sits in, it's easy to skip out on daily tasks because it feels so overwhelming or pointless, and then the guilt about ditching hygiene turns into a vicious cycle. Just do what you can manage, even if that means using dry shampoo and switching to sweats. It's amazing how cleaning up can help reset one's mindset and mood, so when you feel yourself sinking try to freshen up and see how you feel.
3: Get outside
Nature is healing, so when mental health starts to decline pop outside and reconnect with the earth. Whether you live in the city or countryside, breathing in the open air, listening to your surroundings, and pausing to watch the birds can be incredibly therapeutic. If the weather is nice, try five minutes of grounding while you're at it – a bit of time barefoot in the grass has been shown to work wonders for human health.
Know when to pause, and be sure to give yourself time to recharge each week. Meditation, yoga, listening to music, eating a special treat, uninterrupted reading... Whatever you find most relaxing and works to restore your energy and calm your senses! For many Inner Senses customers this involves enjoying a skincare session as the essential oil blends offer an effortless way to recover.
Emma from BeautyFolioUK says Inner Senses is “one of the most sensorial brands - whether it is the relaxing, meditative quality of Awakening Body Oil, the uplifting and energising aroma of Glow Facial Oil or even the calming benefits of Dream Body Oil, I always get a feeling of wellness from the aromatherapy blends expertly put together by Lisa.”
Essential oils are not a cure for depression or anxiety, but they can help relieve some symptoms. Research shows aromatherapy (particularly the use of lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, and rose) holds many benefits, including reduced tension and improved mood. Just breathe in the calming or uplifting aromas, and let yourself have a quiet moment of peace.
5: Digital Detox
Technology is exceptional, but it does create a lot of unnoticed stress for many users. When was the last time you turned off your phone? How long since you last watched the news? Have you been on social media today? Taking a break from the internet, television, and mobile apps can be really healthy, and reducing screen time can help reduce stress, improve brain function, benefit sleep, and reset expectations. This is especially important for young people and women, as societal pressures can really build up.
When experiencing mental health problems, your thoughts and emotions are charged, so often little moments can feel more intense than normal. If you find yourself replaying an interaction over and over again in your head or fixating on things you could have done differently, try to break the cycle and shift your attention to something new. Maybe try one of the five tips above, and remember it's okay to not always be okay, and that things will get better.
Author: Bryanna Martonis, The EcoLogical
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