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Mental Health Awareness Week! Self Care Tips From The DMO Team...

Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for us all to discuss mental health and tackle continuing stigma. To mark this occasion, members of the DMO team have shared their top wellbeing tips!

Kim (Operations Manager):

"My top mental health tip would be starting my day right with exercise, meditation and journaling. In particular, I find going for a run a great way to clear my head."

A study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that having a morning routine can increase your energy, productivity and positivity. It also generates momentum, building up to the brain’s peak time for cognitive work.

Raff (Executive Mentor):

"My tip would be listening to music that you love! I have a playlist of my most feel-good songs and I find that putting that on shuffle when I’m feeling low gives me something positive to focus my mind on, and usually manages to make me smile"

According to Mind, researchers found that music releases dopamine, the feel-good chemical in your brain. It also found that dopamine was up to 9% higher when volunteers listened to music that they enjoyed.

Matt (Operations & Admin Assistant):

"I know I will feel better if I carve out the time to read at some point in the day. I am currently reading The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk."

A study found that just 30 minutes of reading lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of psychological distress just as effectively as yoga and humour did!

Jude (Executive Mentor):

"Changing my outfit would be my no.1 tip. If you’re in a bit of a motivational slump at home, a change in appearance, of colours and textures around you, can really pull you back into the moment."

Studies have found that, contrary to popular belief, fashion isn’t superficial. It can affect people’s wellbeing, especially mental health. Stylish outfits can boost confidence, uplift mood, teach people how to value their belongings, convey emotions, and express different personalities.

Gina (Executive Programme Director):

"Meeting up with friends always boosts my mental health! This might be an obvious one but it's always effective for me - inviting a friend round for dinner is a go-to."

According to recent research, Socializing not only staves off feelings of loneliness, but also it helps sharpen memory and cognitive skills, increases your sense of happiness and well-being, and may even help you live longer. In-person is best, but connecting via technology also works.

Hester (Programme Director):

"My favourite self care tip is to get outside whenever I'm feeling a bit down. Going for a walk in the fresh air with a coffee and a podcast is my go-to."

Research has shown that even a brisk 10 minute walk can increase our mental alertness, energy and positive mood.

The whole DMO team hope this post inspires you to take charge of your own self-care and talk more openly about mental health! For more information and support, head to Mind's website by clicking here.