This January our chosen disability issue of the month is ‘Mental Health’.
In 2021 we want to talk more about the disabilities we cater for, and how to combat the challenges and frustrations life can throw at you when you have a disability.
We are going to dedicate each month to a new topic or issue, whether that’s dating and disability, accessibility or help with funding. To kick start the year, and after the recent announcement of our third lockdown, January’s topic is Mental Health. Our emotional, psychological, and social well-being is more important than ever right now, so here is a blog on some of our top tips and resources on how to look after your mental health.
Get as much natural light as you can
A positive mental attitude can be created with something as simple as sunlight. It is proven that sunlight increases our serotonin levels, which is linked to boosting our mood and keeping us calm. So, take some time to sit by a window throughout your day, or if you can, go outside for a little while to get those mood boosters working!
Change up your daily routine
Creating a daily routine for yourself is another great way to look after your mental health but creating a fulfilling routine in lockdown can be more challenging. Thankfully, if the last year has taught us anything, it’s to get more creative with our time at home! The best place to start is looking at what areas of your routine you can change, like the food you eat and the activities you can do. Why not try some new recipes suitable for cold winter nights like pies and stews? And perhaps finishing that paint by numbers canvas you started in lockdown 1.0?
Limit your news intake
Once again January has brought with it day after day of news reporting on Covid-19, and it can be hard to ignore. But to avoid being overwhelmed with it, we recommend scheduling in time to catch up on the news. That way, you’re in control of when and how much news you consume which can reduce any worries and anxiety. We also advise catching up on the news in different ways, like signing up to a weekly newsletter or listening to a podcast which automatically reduces the time spent on news for you.
Take A Break
We are aware this might be easier said than done, especially if you have young children or are a family carer, but taking the time to rest and refresh is so important – not only for your sake, but also for the sake of your loved ones. We have a generous amount of funding to use to support those who need a respite break, so please get in touch if you haven’t had a break and need one. Alternatively, a hot bath and 20 minutes to yourself will do wonders, and a good book is a great way of escaping reality for half an hour or so too!