Today is National Mental Health Day
Brethren, today is a day where we should all be able to take a few moments to look back and reflect on our mental health. If you haven't done it before it's always good to take a look at how you are feeling. Look at the natural stresses and strains of every day and looking at how well you are coping with them.
How do you deal with stress when it gets too much?
You can always turn to a brother, we are lucky to have a such a wide network of people that are available to us. We can ask for someone to listen to us over a phone call, cup of tea or a pint. The phrase that we should all remember is that "It's OK to not be OK"
You can also turn to your local doctor who will be able to push you in the direction of various sources of help which they will have access to - some people find it easier to talk to someone that they don't know. There are also websites for charities such as Mind.org.uk who specialise in mental health issues and therefore have a wealth of resources as well.
What can I do in the short term?
You can look at planning something nice to look forward to:
* A Zoom or online call with friends or family
* Try taking time out for just you - even if it's just 10 mins with a cup of tea, a biscuit and the radio.
* Keep a mental health journal to try and pin point any triggers
Sometimes just taking time out to clear the mind can do us a world of good like our PGM above
Links to help
You can call the Samaritans on 116 123
There is always somewhere to turn and anyone in the Province will be able to help you should you need it. Please always remember you are not alone.