In these uncertain times, many of us are feeling worried for our health, jobs and the future. This is natural. To those with underlying health conditions, the feeling can be acute.
Sadly, for some people, this worry can turn to anxiety, stress and depression, creating debilitating side-effects that are all too often simply treated with anti-depressants. Indeed, in 2020, the UK recorded its highest ever use of prescription anti-depressant medicines.
No matter where you are on your stoma journey, it’s important to pay as much attention to your mental wellbeing, in just the same way as you can look after the health of your body. There are lots of things you can do to rebalance your mind and if you are struggling, remember free me+ specialist stoma counselling is here for you.
Good sleep is vital to controlling our moods, while also giving us the energy to stay active. Experts recommend at least 6 hours, but the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity. Try these simple steps to sleep like a dream:
Eating the right foods isn’t just good for your body, but your mind too. Follow these simple bite-size steps to improve your mood with food:
For more healthy food choices, take a look at our special stoma nutrition blog here.
We don’t just see the benefits of staying active, we feel them through our mood. Any kind of physical activity produces chemical endorphins in our brains, which literally put a smile on our faces.
Discover more about our renowned me+ Recovery exercise programme, with simple, gentle exercises designed to help you move with confidence and exercise without fear.
It might seem an unusual thing to say, but relaxing doesn’t come naturally to everyone. At least not in our busy, hectic lives. Our minds get scrambled up with things we need to do, and we forget to make time for us. And since mental wellbeing is centred around our minds, let’s start there:
Mindfulness is a type of meditation that can be practised anywhere you can be seated comfortably. Some people even use it to combat stressful situations as they are occurring. There are loads of online resources and many local support groups, but here’s a quick overview to help you get your head around the benefits:
Not only is yoga simple to try but it’s also proven to help reduce stress and anxiety. You can create your own, simple 5-minute sessions as you wake up and embrace the day or take part in organised community classes. The choice is yours:
Please remember, you’re never alone. Free stoma counselling can be conducted over the phone or via video call. To find out more click here.