May is widely known around the world as the month dedicated to mental health awareness.
Now I’m not one who tends to open up about her mental health, mainly because to be honest, I’ve never actually been aware I was suffering.
When I’ve ever felt low or overly nervous in the past, I’ve blamed hormones. When I’ve spent hours overthinking and worrying about non-existent problems, I’ve put it down to my personality. But when I spent a couple of weeks crippled by self-doubt and insecurity, unable to shift anything negative in my head, it finally hit me that this was actually very far from normal. I’d been letting the gremlins in for far too long and boy did they have a field day.
It took me a couple weeks of coaching by Coach Forever LTD and one hard look in the mirror before any of the gremlins started packing, and although there are probably a few in there still hibernating, I now have a strategy in place to hopefully help me remove them IF they return.
“Whether it’s closing your mind and taking yourself there mentally or changing your state and going there physically. Either way, the task is to get there no questions asked”
One technique is to find your happy place. Whether it’s closing your mind and taking yourself there mentally or changing your state and going there physically. Either way, the task is to get there no questions asked. Top marks to the first person to guess that mine is the kitchen, surrounded by the contents of My Kitchen Drawer.
With this happy place in mind I wanted to do something to raise awareness for Mental Health May and support those who may need a little gremlin removal.
The Bake Yourself Happy challenge is going to be a month-long photo a day challenge, based around the baking, because as you may have seen from my Bake yourself happy blog post, baking is a known stress reliever and mindfulness task. If baking isn’t your happy place don’t worry as most of the words/phrases are not ALL specific to the kitchen and can be used for other areas too.
The challenge will ask you to take inspiration from the word/phrase of the day, then take a photo to post onto your social channels as a feed photo, or Instagram story with a comment.
The words/phrases are purposely chosen to encourage you to do things that give you a boost and make feel accomplished, so that eventually once the month is up you feel full of positivity, with a catalogue of images to look back on. If you ever feel stressed or anxious, the images will also serve as a reminder on all techniques and simple ways you can action to heal.
I am personally going to be taking part in the challenge myself and would love for you all to join me. If it’s not required for your mental wellbeing, then why not use it as an opportunity to work on your creativity with the daily words/phases. Who knows, you may take away something from it that you didn’t realise you needed.
This post is supported by the Grace Dear Trust. A mental health charity set up in 2017 to raise awareness in schools to help young people understand the importance of mental well‐being and give those suffering the help they need promptly.