Today is World Mental Health Day, and as a result we’ve found some hacks to help you improve your mental health, if needed. In April of this year, The House of Commons released statistics revealing an estimated 1 in 6 people experience a ‘common mental disorder’ like depression or anxiety. Worldwide, mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease and major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease. It’s a huge problem which is taking hold of so many, consequently World Mental Health day helps to draw attention to solutions for a matter than often we are too scared to address.
In a world fuelled by social media, going on a digital detox is a necessity, especially when we’re checking our phones over 100 times a day on average. To monitor your social media and phone usage, apps like Antisocia, Moment which sends you annoying notifications when you’ve exceeded your social media usage and Forest can help you. The reason for this is, as TV presenter and counsellor Anna Williamson has specified “social media is full of ‘perfect’ images and it’s important to remember that a lot of what you see on social media is enhanced and doesn’t represent the norm.”
Anna suggests a digital detox to give yourself some decent space from your devices each day, she says: “They can become addictive, can fuel paranoia, and we lose sight and track of everything else, the real stuff, that is going on around us.”
Exercise keeps your body and mind healthy, not just your body. Often, the mind can’t function unless your body is working properly. So, if you’re feeling anxious or low you might become less active and this can make you feel worse. This is why exercise, more notably yoga, is excellent for you.
This World Mental Health Day Re:Mind, UK’s first eco-wellness meditation destination, will be hosting a full schedule of complimentary classes for all consumers. The studio based in Belgravia hopes to remind people to reconnect with themselves and become present in the moment. The classes can be booked here.
Where: 25A Eccleston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 9NF
Walk Away From It
A recent eye-opening study has found that the benefits of a walk in the countryside can boost your mental wellbeing for up to seven hours, and ahead of this HF Holidays has announced its new 2019 Outdoor Escape weekends, allowing people to shake off the hustle and bustle of working life for a relaxing few days exploring the UK’s picturesque destinations. The walks involve an Exmoor or Northumberland Outdoor Escape and will see strolling down cobbled streets and wandering through market streets and over hills.
IFRA UK’s annual Fragrance Forum is exploring the effect of scent on health and wellbeing by holding an event today at the Wellcome Collection. Scentimental: Fragrance on the Mind focuses on how olfaction has long been associated with our wellbeing, from using fragrance to mask bad odours to creating a sense of ambience and contentedness to enhance how we feel. IFRA UK’s Director, Lisa Hipgrave, says: “Smell is one of our major senses which is central to all our lives from the obvious effects to the less apparent and it can impact on us in many different ways.”
Where: 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE
Guests can enjoy a dinner at Redemption Bar with Dr. Jose Foglia, Neuroplasticity expert, who will speak about the positive impact of meditation on the brain and how it can completely change it, by practicing mindfulness daily. The evening will feature 10 minutes of guided meditation, Chantal Di Donato’s presentation on top 5 superfoods for brain health and benefits of Brahmi on the brain, food and much more. Get tickets here
Where: Redemption 320 Old Street, EC1V 9DR
Music 4 Mental Health
Podcasts are a great way to wander away from the world for a while and knowing this, #WHOLE have launched the ‘WHOLE HOUR’ initiative + ‘WHOLE TRUTH’ podcast! #WHOLEHOUR encourages people to take an hour out of their day to do something that will support their mental wellbeing, with the aim to recognise and champion the importance of self care and taking time to look after your mental health. #IAMWHOLE follows Jordan Stephens in his pursuit of a good conversation about mental health. Speaking to a range of guests including musician and mental health advocate Professor Green.
Soup With A Smile
In the wake of of celebrities opening up pubs left right and centre, there’s a soup rival on the scene. A new celebrity-lead soup restaurant will be opening its doors for three days only from 17-19th October in Soho. Soup with a Smile has been rustled up by Richard Hammond, Lorraine Kelly and Angellica Bell, who will each take their turn on the hob to cook and serve up their personal soup recipes to the public. So what about the smile part? Well Soupathon participants are invited to customise their soup with a smiley face from croutons, basil, cherry tomatoes, grated cheese and more; to share on social channels using #TheBigBroth.