Uncertainty around your health, care and treatment can be stressful. Whatever your situation, it can be helpful to organise a daily routine that involves a balance between activities that:
- give you a sense of achievement
- help you feel close and connected with others
- that you can do just for pleasure
Here are some examples of activities that could help your wellbeing:
- Do activities that you enjoy – read a book or magazine; watch TV or a film; be creative by painting, knitting or taking photos.
- Take time to care for yourself – take a bath; paint your nails; listen to music; prepare a fresh meal
- Spend time outdoors or sit by an open window – plant something; pick flowers; listen to nature
- Be active – take a gentle walk or do some gentle stretches
- Connect with others – speak to family, friends and neighbours; write letters or postcards
- Look after your environment – clean or tidy an area of your home; do some laundry; repair something
- Try some relaxation or mindfulness exercises
- Keep some structure to your day - going to bed and getting up at the same time every day
- At the end of each day be kind to yourself and reflect on three positives, however small they are.
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Useful local voluntary resources:
Supports people in the community affected by mental illness and distress. We welcome anyone. We offer a wide range of healthy activities, courses and workshops designed to support and empower people experiencing mental distress to move towards recovery.
Useful online resources: