7 days in May Mental Health Challenge
Whether you are struggling with your own wellbeing, needing to give yourself a boost, trying to change habits or looking for a new challenge. Improving your eating, sleeping and exercise routines and incorporating the 5 ways to wellbeing, into your life, can help you to feel mentally well, especially during the extended period of covid restrictions and new changes.
Tyneside and Northumberland Mind’s 7 days in May Wellbeing challenge incorporates these wellness techniques to help boost your mental and physical health as well as helping to fundraise for local mental health services, therefore helping others too.
Take the 7 days in May Mental Health Awareness week Challenge from 10th – 16th May 2021 with Tyneside and Northumberland Mind.
• Do an exercise every day for 7 days – we give your activities, opportunities and incentives
• Improve your sleep pattern for 7 nights – we will show your techniques and tips
• Change your eating or drinking habits over 7 days – with Food and Mood ideas
• 5 ways to well-being – Connect, Be Active, Learn, Take Notice and Give – We will give your ideas and support to adopt the 5 ways to well-being into your daily life.
Sign up to Eventbrite to find out how to join the 7 days in May campaign and receive support for your challenge.
Set up a Justgiving page and raise vital funds for our mental health services through your 7 days in May challenge.
We know that there are ways to help increase your mental wellbeing and that by being mentally well and prepared, we can better deal with times of higher stress, anxiety, or fear.
Getting good and regular sleep helps your mind and body to cope better.
Food and Mood
Eating a good healthy diet can ensure your mind and body are in the best condition.
Connecting with others, feeling close to and valued by other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Evidence shows that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift people out of depression. The practice of setting goals has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.