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We all need a break now and then or even just a 5-minute time out, just like having a coffee break to give yourself a physical break, it is also very important to give your mind a cup of coffee and give yourself a mental break!

With one in four adults and one in ten children experiencing mental illness during their lifetime, living with a mental health condition can affect many aspects of daily life, this can be from your physical health, home life or work and can prevent us from even living the lives we want. Have you ever thought I cannot fly to (destination) because the thought of the flight and potential turbulence triggers anxieties? Therefore, in that case I'm not going to do it! Instead of thinking if I just get through (hours) flight then I can have the best time doing X, Y and Z. It is so important to see the benefits and positive outcome of overcoming any fears.

Your mind is your body's strongest muscle, if you do not know it by now the brain works and behaves like a muscle; therefore to train it you need to exercise it like you would a any other muscle. The more you exercise it the stronger it gets. This why it is so important to train your mind set and overcome the battle of anxieties.

Lesson one: "Don't worry be happy" in the words of Bobby McFerrin

A massive 85 percent of the things you worry about will never occur or happen anyway. “If it can be solved, there's no need to worry, and if it can't be solved, worry is of no use" Therefore instead of worrying about what could go wrong and worrying over things you have no control over, focus on what could go right.

Lesson two: Set yourself a morning routine

The way you start the morning can affect your whole day, if you have a bad start to the day this can cause the domino effect, cause you to feel negative and cause an all-round bad day. Make yourself a playlist of your favourite songs you love that make you feel happy, listen to these first thing in the morning or even have some car pool karaoke, a good start to the day will end in an all-round good day.

Lesson Three: Be positive

I am a huge believer that positive thoughts attract positive energy, be an optimist! The power of positive thinking can be huge; optimists seek the valuable lesson in every setback and take it as a positive turn in what they can learn.

 Lesson Four: Mindfulness

A very simple form of meditation, studies show that practising mindfulness can help to manage depression, some anxiety problems and feelings of stress. Mindfulness is a technique you can learn and is all about training your mind to notice what is happening in the present moment. It aims to help you:
• become more self-aware
• feel calmer and less stressed
• feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
• cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts • be kinder towards yourself.

Even on your walk to or from work or to the supermarket, on your day off take a stroll. Focus on four things you can hear, if you can hear the birds singing, focus on how many different birds you can hear singing together. This allows time to focus and be in the current moment and trains your mind to be in the present and to forget everything else.

 Lesson Five: Smile at a stranger

Yes it sounds slightly weird, I know.. but the simple act of smiling or laughing can make you happier, look strangers in the eye, and give them a genuine smile, the more smiles you give the more you return. This can also brighten up someone else’s day and help improve their mood.

Now If I was to ask you to name the five most import people in your life who would it be?


Now I can guarantee very few of you put down ‘me’ I did the exact same and what I was told I will never forget.. .'If you don’t make time for yourself and put yourself in this list of being important and see yourself as a priority, how can you make others happy if you’re not fully happy yourself?'

Deep I know but true! “ To be your best , make yourself a priority” Along with other activities, which can also help such as getting a good night’s sleep, exercising, finding an activity or hobby you enjoy, but most importantly making time for yourself. All of this plays a huge part in managing your mental health.

But the final lesson is that at the end of the day, remind yourself that you did the best you could today, and that is enough.
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