The festive season is well away while the news is still depressing. There has of late been a lot of talk about mental health and the importance to be kind to oneself.
What is mental health?
Mental health encompasses a set of thoughts, feelings, and experiences that make up your overall mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Your mental health is affected by various factors unique to you and therefore each person's experience is different.
Certain factors can influence your mental health, such as:
Physical health, age, gender, race or ethnicity
Work, family, friends and other relationships
Experiences related to prejudice or discrimination, or traumas experienced in the past or that are still being experienced
How to keep upbeat when all around you is turbulent?
Meet with friends, colleagues and family – having good relationships is an important part of your mental well-being.
Exercise more – being active is not only good for your physical health as it raises your self-esteem and allows you to meet new people and overcome challenges, but it reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression and negative mood while improving self-esteem and cognitive functions. Health services suggest a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
Learn something new - keeping your mind and body active gives a feeling of accomplishment, thus boosting your confidence in your own capabilities.
Stay in the now – since you have no control over your actions of yesterday or tomorrow, paying attention to the present will reduce stress and anxiety while making you happier.
Take a respite – having a rest is vital for great mental health. It increases concentration and memory, reduces stress, improves mood and metabolism. Like your device, a regular reboot is needed to function well.
Did you know?
Vitamin C plays a significant role in boosting sleep. Studies have shown that individuals with greater concentration of vitamin C have better quality sleep than those with reduced concentration. Magnesium helps regulate the release of stress hormones, like cortisol, thus reducing stress and anxiety.
Why not try our Respite Tea DREAMS, our bitter leaf blend packed with vitamin C, hibiscus flower, dried ginger* and dried orange to help towards a good night’s sleep? Or, our COOL blend, an irresistibly refreshing blend of bitter leaves, with dried lemon*and white tea for a relaxing break.
* Contains natural vitamin C and magnesium