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January Blues, Simple Steps For Mentally Healthy Families

Simple Steps for Mentally Healthy Families

For many families, the post-Christmas period can be uneventful, stressful and long-lasting; until the early signs of Spring begin to appear.

But the good news is that there are things we can all do, to make this time of year more enjoyable and purposeful; whilst increasing our own resilience and positive mental health.

I’ve chosen 3 areas to focus on, proven to enhance our wellbeing and happiness, whatever your age.

1) Connecting with people

Our close relationships generally matter most for our happiness. Whether these are with family or friends, studies show that having people that we trust, can rely on, and feel valued, positively boosts our wellbeing and resilience.

Top tip – try giving someone your full attention and really listening. Focussing on them and what they are communicating, without a mobile device anywhere nearby! When they’ve finished, try summarising what they just told you and maybe even ask a curious question or two.

2) Trying new things

Being open to new experiences and learning fuels our wellbeing, boosts our confidence and our creativity and can be fulfilling too. Being curious to new hobbies, activities, and experiences, can not only be enjoyable and fun; it can provide us with deeper satisfaction in life and a sense of purpose – both integral to improving wellbeing.

Top tip – joining a new club is a great way to learn something new, whilst meeting like-minded
people and increasing your (real) social network! New experiences improve our brain health too – helping to generate new brain cells through learning, and neural connections being strengthened.

3) Taking care of your body

Taking care of your body is good for your mind. They’re connected!

Exercise and being physically active can boost our confidence, help us manage stress, and help us sleep and think better too. So, whether you run, swim, walk, cycle or just play outside more…the possibilities are endless, and it can make a real difference to how you feel.

Top tip – incorporate more movement into your everyday life. You don’t have to start running marathons to reap the benefits of regularly moving more. Instead, why not try pairing another stationary activity with movement. For example, going for a walk when you’re on the phone, instead of sitting down.

By Matt Loftus

Matt is an experienced mental health trainer and wellbeing coach, and good friend of Raring2go!

Matt’s book recommendation: Ten Keys to Happier Living, by Vanessa King.


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