Monday 13th May is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.
Last year the Mental Health Foundation found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.
Body image has profound implications for our mental and physical health. The more comfortable you are with your body, the greater your overall wellbeing, and the less likely you are to engage in destructive behaviours.
This week we’re appreciating the strengths of our bodies and helping one another feel comfortable in our own skins. Here are a few ideas about image positivity that may help improve your mental wellbeing:
- Write down 10 things you like about yourself that aren’t related to what you look like but what’s good about you on the inside.
- Help others – it will make you feel good about yourself, reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and benefit your physical health. There are lots of ways to volunteer in North Surrey and we can help you find a role.
- Appreciate what your body does for you by giving yourself some ‘me time’ – try yoga, have a bubble bath, go for a walk in a peaceful place or just put your feet up!
- Surround yourself with positive people – you’ll hear positive views and stories and their positive words will help you see yourself and the world around you in a more upbeat way.
- Celebrate all of the amazing things you CAN do (breathing, laughing, walking, dreaming) and take care of your body by eating well.
The Mental Health Foundation are running a body image challenge called Be Body Kind. They are asking people to post on social media a picture of a time or a place when you felt comfortable in your own skin – this could be now, five years ago or at the age of five. It can be a photo of yourself or something else that reminds you of the moment. Using the hashtags #BeBodyKind and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
Our Amigo project offers support to anyone recovering from mental ill health who needs help to reconnect with their community and take part in local activities to continue in their recovery. If you are interested in being a volunteer or feel you would benefit as a client please contact us.