Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is 13th-19th May 2013. It’s not just about those who have been diagnosed with Mental Health Problems, it’s about everybody. There is no line between having a Mental Health Problem and not having one, there is a scale and everybody is on it. You won’t remain in the same place all through your life or even all the way through the year. For those of you who are coming up to exams, your mental health is probably not in perfect form due to stress, but then again when is it ever. I’m not trying to say that everybody has a Mental Health Problem, far far from it, in fact the term I should probably use is Mental Wellbeing. This is what Mental Health Awareness Week is all about, everybody and their Wellbeing.

Each year has a theme, and this year’s theme is basically exercise! I could go into all of the biology behind chemicals and the brain and why exercise is good for you but quite frankly I can’t stand biology so I’ll leave that to somebody else. I’ll just tell you about my experience instead. I spent a lot of February in bed because I’d wake up in the morning (if I’d slept) and not see the point in getting up or not have the motivation or the energy too. I put myself in a bit of a rut really. I started worrying about missing university and how I was going to catch up, yet was still missing lectures! Then I came home for a week and started walking my dog (see picture below because I’m a little obsessed with my dog) and even just doing this made everything seem a little bit better. I felt like I’d achieved something that day and I seemed to have far more energy than I did before! When I went back to Manchester I was back in lectures, not all of them but some of them, and realised that actually just going outside or basically not sitting around doing nothing all day was really beneficial.

I’m not saying that everybody needs to go and do serious amounts of exercise because I don’t even do that. I also hate it when you read the leaflets that say if you’re stressed go for a walk etc HOWEVER they’re not wrong. You may feel stupid going and walking round the block but I’d rather feel stupid for 5 minutes than I would spend the day feeling sorry for myself in bed.

All of this is obviously personal opinion and a lot of people will say it seems silly, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.


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