World Mental Health Day – Sunday 10th October 2021
Growing up it was always drummed in that ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing well’ but is that always realistic? Does it add extra pressure? Yes, in an ideal world it would be super to do everything to the best of our ability but with so much to balance we need to be able to step back and prioritise.
Anything worth doing…
We came upon a post on Facebook which explained that ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly’ with the thinking behind it being it’s better than not doing it at all. The post explained: “Brushing your teeth for 30 seconds is better than not brushing them at all, when that 2 minutes seems exhausting… Changing your clothes is good when a whole shower is impossible.”
Break it down
Some days doing a weekly shop may seem like a massive task. When this feels like the case, why not just pick up what you need for the day? Breaking things down into more manageable and achievable errands helps. Plus this way the food is fresher.
Taking care of mental health
So, rather than being annoyed that I haven’t been for a walk, maybe walking in the garden would be a good compromise. When cleaning the kitchen and mopping the floors feels too much – instead, picking a task such as doing the washing up always helps my mental state. I might not have cleaned the whole house but that alone makes a difference.
When things feel overwhelming, there are lots of avenues for support:
- Suffolk Mind 0300 111 6000 suffolkmind.org.uk email@example.com
- NHS Live Well nhs.uk/live-well
- Wellbeing Suffolk – Offer one to one support and online guided self help 0300 123 1503 wellbeingnands.co.uk/suffolk
- Samaritans tel: 116 123
- YANA – for those linked to the farming community 0300 323 0400 yanahelp.org firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kooth – www.kooth.com Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people