Mental Health Awareness Week – Day 4
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is Kindness. Kindness and our mental health are deeply connected and kindness can be an antidote to isolation and create a sense of belonging. We’re sharing Kindness sessions and stories each day this week. Be sure to pop back every day to enjoy another session of self-care because #KindnesssMatters
Writing for wellbeing
Journalling is a great way to express how you are feeling and process your emotions. There are lots of other ways you can use words to express yourself too. Take a look at the below ideas, which one might you try today?
Create a Happiness Jar
When feeling down it can be easy to forget the good and better times. Times when you’ve succeeded in something; happy times spent with others; things that make you smile; things you’ve done to help
someone else. So remember them.
Each day, spend some time writing them down. Remember the things you have enjoyed; the things that felt like a job well done; the things that helped you feel close to someone else. After a few days, you’ll have a list of things that you can look back on.
Remember, what we think about affects how we feel. Focus on the good things and feel happier for it.
You could collect all of these and keep them in your own happiness jar to open up every now and again and help you feel good.
Writing Stories and Poems
Writing is a great way to express how you are feeling and improve your wellbeing. We have been sent some great pieces of writing that are truly inspirational, please click on the image to read their words.
Jake talks about his life through his music. Life’s turbulences including his experiences of mental health. Jake describes how hard it is to talk about his thoughts and feelings instead he expresses himself through his music.
Interesting fact… the voice in ‘anxiety’ that says “you ok daddy” is actually his son. Jake has adapted and shared the following 3 tracks with Rochdale & District Mind for World Mental Health Week. Thank you Jake!
You can listen to more of Jake Ellis on his soundcloud (Warning Explicit Lyrics)
Our Wellbeing Coordinator, Shagufta runs the Women’s Wellbeing Support group. They are unable to meet face to face at the moment so they have created a Whatsapp group to stay connected. Shagufta has shared the riddles they have been posting!
1. What has to be broken before you can use it?
2. What has a head and a tail but no body?
3. What goes up but never comes down?
4. What can you break even if you never pick it up or touch it?
5. What has 88 keys but can’t open a single door?
Scroll down for the answers…
1. Answer: Egg
2. Answer: Coin
3. Answer: Your Age
4. Answer: A promise
5. Answer: A Piano
How did you get on? Maybe you could have a go at writing some riddles yourself?
Author: Paula Hall
Posted on: 21st May 2020