Charity of the month – Rethink Mental Health

One of the charities I am supporting this month is Rethink Mental Health. Our mental health is so important, especially now with all the new lockdown restrictions we are now experiencing. Many people are isolated in their homes and it is hard. We need to remember to pay attention to our mental health as much if not more than our physical health. A healthy mind is needed to combat the chaos going on in the world and this is why charities like Rethink Mental Health are so important.

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Rethink Mental Health focuses on improving the lives of people experiencing a mental illness through their network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. The goal of the charity is to make sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.

Many people think mental illness happens to only a certain type of people and not as common, but that is so not true. The truth is one in four people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and no one is immune to mental illness. Taking care of your mental health is a daily job and it is not something anyone should take for granted.

Rethink Mental Health Vision and Impact

Our vision is for equality, rights, fair treatment, and maximum quality of life for all those affected by mental illness, their carers, family, and friends. As one of the largest charitable providers of services for people living with mental illness, we are well placed to make a direct impact on the care people receive.

But we have a much larger vision too! Our vision is to transform at every level the way our nation approaches mental illness. Every year, our diverse range of information and support helps tens of thousands of people get through crises, live independently, and feel that they do not have to face mental illness alone.

You can support Rethink Mental Health by donating here or becoming a volunteer.

Also, for those you missed this post, here are 14 benefits of investing in your health and wellness.

14 Benefits of Investing in Your Health and Wellness

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If you’ve got health and wellness on your mind, you aren’t alone. Each year, millions of people choose to put more time and attention to their health and wellness routine.

It’s time to start investing in your health and wellness. Wondering why? Read on for our favorite benefits.

Benefits of Improving Your Diet

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When it comes to health and wellness, diet is a go-to for many. While some may have been taught healthy eating at a young age, not all are so lucky. Here are a few of the many benefits of improving your diet:

1. Feel good: Have you ever eaten an unhealthy meal and felt sluggish? That’s probably because you aren’t getting the nutrients you need. When you eat nutritious fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, and whole grains, your body gets the nutrients it needs to function. Combine these foods with all-natural, organic CBD oil and a multivitamin for the optimal dose of nutrients.

2. Stronger immune system: Those same nutrients your body needs to help you feel good also help your immune system. Foods rich in protein, like eggs, chicken, and turkey, and antioxidants like berries, purple cabbage, and bell peppers, give your immune system a boost.

3. Better gut health: No one likes tummy troubles. It turns out that consuming foods that are rich in probiotics, like yogurt, kimchi, and miso, in tandem with plenty of fiber can help protect your gut. That means more regular and healthier bowel movements.

4. Improved memory: Studies show that foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and avocado can protect your brain against memory loss and potentially even dementia.

5. Stronger bones: As a kid, you were probably told that milk would make your bones stronger. That’s because it’s rich in calcium, which is central to bone health. You can get calcium from plenty of other foods, like broccoli, cauliflower, legumes, and more.

Benefits of Regular Exercise

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Do you exercise for at least 30 minutes each day? If not, you may want to start. Here’s what exercise can do for you:

6. Improved mood: Exercise releases endorphins, a key chemical in making you feel good. Additionally, regular exercise has been proven to increase your brain’s sensitivity to serotonin, the chemical that makes you happy.

7. Stronger muscles: It’s a no-brainer that working out makes your muscles stronger. But fewer people know why that matters. Muscle strength is extremely important as we age. It keeps us upright, retains our posture, and protects us against injuries.

8. Stronger bones: Turns out, regular exercise can make your bones stronger, too. Just like calcium, it helps improve your bone density. This can protect you from osteoporosis as you age.

9. Smoother skin: Did you know that regular exercise can also improve your skin? The main component of visible aging is oxidative stress. This occurs when your body doesn’t have enough antioxidants to repair oxidative stress on your cells from free radicals. Regular exercise improves your production of antioxidants, which help prevent excessive oxidative stress.

10. Better sleep: Couldn’t we all use better sleep? In addition to burning off extra energy, exercise can also reduce the stress and anxiety that keeps us up at night.

Benefits of Mental Health Care

Mental health is the most oft-forgotten component of overall health and wellness. Fortunately, much work has been done to destigmatize mental health care. Here’s why you should consider your mental health, too:

11. Better quality of life: In the process of taking care of your mental health, you’ll tackle problems that make your life feel harder and less worthwhile. Once you start to address these problems, you’ll find that your quality of life improves.

12. Stronger relationships: Not only can seeking help for your mental health give you the opportunity to address problems in your relationships, but it will help you make more room in your life for nurturing your relationships, too.

13. Better sleep: Mental health care is another tool that can help you sleep better. By addressing and working through the problems you face, you’ll find that you have less racing thoughts that keep you up at night.

14. Improved concentration: Without so many thoughts and issues on your mind, your concentration and focus will improve dramatically.

These 14 benefits of investing in your health show just how important it is to take care of your body to feel better, be more productive, and live a more rewarding life.

 

4 Ways to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health in Lockdown

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With lockdowns in place all over the globe, millions of people are confined to their homes. Although these measures were introduced to protect everyone from a deadly virus, there are signs that lockdown is having a hugely detrimental effect on people’s health.

With outdoor exercise limited and gyms closed, many are finding it hard to maintain a healthy level of physical activity. People are spending more time in a sedentary state, watching TV and working from home and this is inevitably going to be harmful to people’s health. Recent evidence has shown that people’s eyesight is suffering from the increased screen time caused by lockdown too. But perhaps the greatest risk is to people’s mental health. As a species, we are not designed to be kept in a confined space, shut off from others, and worrying about the future. Gloomy news headlines and social media debates only make things worse, and it looks like little will change in the immediate future.

Therefore, it is of paramount importance that you do what you can to protect your health in this difficult time. Though you may be stuck at home, as long as you are proactive, you can keep an eye on your physical and mental wellbeing to stay as fit and healthy as possible. Here are four tips to help you.

Limit your technology use

When you’re stuck indoors with nothing to do, it’s easy to resort to watching TV and staring at your phone. Although you might be initially pleased by the prospect of finally catching up with your favorite series, too much time on devices is bad for you. Try to cut down the amount of time you spend online, and turn off your phone a couple of hours before bed to protect your sleep. It may be worth investing in some special glasses that block blue light. These blue blockers will help you sleep better at night and protect your mental health.

Make the most of your time outdoors

Despite lockdown, everyone is still entitled to time outdoors, whether for exercise or buying groceries. Even if you have no urgent need to leave the house, you should make the most of this freedom. Try to get outside every day, whether for a walk, run, or bike ride. As long as you are careful, there is no harm in it, and your mental health will benefit enormously.

Eat well

What you put into your body has a tremendous impact on your overall health. If you are continually buying greasy takeaways and eating junk food, you are doing great harm to your body. Buy fresh ingredients every time you go shopping, and learn to cook some delicious healthy meals.

Exercise indoors

As well as your allotted daily exercise, there is no limit to the amount of time you can spend working out at home. And the best bit is, you don’t need any equipment to get started. Just find a free online workout video and follow the instructions. You’ll be sweating in no time!

 

 

 

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