AWARE are encouraging people to Do One Thing! Known as the DOT Campaign, the aim is to encourage people to Do One Thing they currently don’t do to try and improve their mental health.
So whether you walk to work rather than getting the bus, get out for an evening stroll, introduce healthy foods into your diet or rediscover that hobby you may have had in the past; these are all simple ways to help improve your mental health and reduce the risks of getting depression and other mental illnesses.
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Here are some of our ideas!
Exercise is proven to be beneficial to your mental health. You don’t have to join a fancy gym, take advantage of the great outdoors and go for a walk during your lunch break in work or after your dinner. Introducing even a small amount of exercise everyday can have a very positive effect on your emotional health and well-being.
DOT: Talk about your feelings
Talking about your feelings is important for your mental health and wellbeing. Sometimes life can be tough and you may feel like you are carrying a lot of weight on your shoulders. Never feel like you are alone, there are plenty of people willing to listen. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness and its never an easy thing to do, but by talking to a friend or family member you are starting a very important conversation, and they may even discuss how they are feeling too. Don’t forget you can also ring our helpline on 08451 20 29 61 on Monday to Friday between 9am – 1pm.
DOT: Keep in touch
Quite often when people are feeling low or depressed they will cut ties with the people around them. Unfortunately, a lot of the time this can be the people they are closest to like family members and close friends. Why not take time this week to get in touch with someone and meet them for a coffee or for dinner? The saying is often true, “laughter is the best form of medicine.”
DOT: Do something you’re good at
It is important to make time for yourself and to do something you enjoy. If you have given up a hobby due to depression or perhaps stopped doing something you used to enjoy, try to take that hobby up again. Or maybe you have been thinking about starting something new? Either way, by making some time for yourself, you are helping yourself.
DOT: Eating well
A healthy diet is good for mind and body. If you are currently taking too much caffeine or sugar, why not cut down to see if it has any proven effects on how you feel. You may find by introducing more fruit or veg and cutting out the ‘bad foods’ you might have more energy.
DOT: Volunteer for AWARE
Your DOT ideas could help someone else, so spread the word!