Raising awareness about mental health issues is a cause close to everyone’s heart in one way or another and this week in particular the world pays close attention.
October 10th marked World Mental Health Day, providing an opportunity for all those incredible folks working tirelessly on mental health related issues, to share their findings and what needs to be done to make mental health care a reality worldwide.
Which is something we can definitely get behind.
20% of Australian’s aged between 16 to 85 experience mental illness every year, many of whom don’t speak about it because of the stigma and a lack of understanding around exactly what it means to live with mental illness.
Because we’re all about sharing/swiping good advice when we come across it, here are a couple of tips from local not-for-profit LIVIN if you’re feeling like your mental health could use a little TLC.
Get enough sleep
It’s super important to develop a regular sleeping schedule to help you feel energized, focused and motivated. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day and if you can’t sleep, practice controlled breathing (focusing on inhaling and exhaling to help you relax).
Sounds very uncool but is actually very good for not only your physical health (obviously) but your mental health too. Even just a short stint (15 minutes) will give you a rush of feel good energy and can help to relieve stress and pent up frustration.
It’s no surprise fruit and veggies are good for you but did you know they can help your sleeping patterns, energy levels and general wellbeing? True story. Obviously fast food, that is easy to get when you don’t feel like doing anything, has very low levels of nutrition, which means low energy, and generally feeling worse than you otherwise would.
Having fun for the win! Here’s an excuse to go out with your mates and have a good laugh. Spending time with people who uplift your mood is clearly a positive thing to do, not to mention, if you need a chat about how you’re feeling, your friends are the perfect people to do that with. If you can’t get out and about, having a chat over the phone is a good idea too.
Of course, these things aren’t the cure for any mental health issues you might be experiencing, but maintaining them in your daily life will certainly help. Also, here’s a thing we didn’t know – the delightful pharmacists at your local Chempro Chemist are available to sit down, chat about how you’re feeling and offer recommendations on medicines or general advice to support you if you need someone to just listen for awhile.
In other news, Chempro Chemists and LIVIN have teamed up to raise further awareness for mental health and profits from their Environmental Bags will be donated to Livin to support initiatives and people in need.
So get down there and show ‘em some support. With over 80 locations on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern NSW there’s sure to be a local Chempro Chemist near you.
STORY SPONSORED BY CHEMPRO CHEMIST
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Words by Kirra Smith